Toews, Keith, Hossa, Sharp top Blackhawks NHL 13 ratings

Toews, Keith, Hossa, Sharp top Blackhawks NHL 13 ratings

Friday afternoon, Yahoo's Puck Daddy blog released the top rated Western Conference players in EA Sports' annual hockey game, NHL 13.

Topping the Blackhawks are Jonathan Toews and Duncan Keith, both rated a 90 overall.  Marian Hossa and Patrick Sharp complete the top 4 with an 89 and 87 rating respectively.

Detroit's Pavel Datsyuk is the highest rated player in the Western Conference, with a 95 overall rating.

NHL13 is out in stores on September 11th, but fans will have the opportunity to play the demo on both the XBOX 360 and PS3 next week.

The demo will feature 4 playable game modes.

Play Now Mode:  Gamers can play the 3rd period of a Stanley Cup Finals rematch between the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings.

NHL Moments Live:  This mode is new to the game.  Fans get the chance to recreate moments from last season.  The demo features overtime of Game 5 between the Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.

Free Skate:  NHL 13 features a new skating engine they're calling "True Performance Skating".  This mode is pretty much open ice.  Get used to the skating before you play a game.

Hockey Ultimate Team:  Players can unlock packs of hockey cards and build a fantasy team from the players they "unwrap".

I'll have a review of the demo next week, and of course, a full, multi part review of the finished project shortly after the formal release on September 11th.

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