Predicting How The Columbus Blue Jackets Will Look In NHL 19

By Kyle Morrison on August 28, 2018 at 8:22 am
Seth Jones comes in at an 87 in EA NHL 19.
EA Sports / Seth Jones

The season is finally in sight – less than two months from today, actually – but before the real pucks start dropping, EA's NHL 19 will drop for Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

We've still got three-plus weeks until the latest 'Chel is released (September 14) but we do know where a couple of Blue Jackets players are ranked in this year's edition, thanks to the developer listing the top 50 players in the game. Artemi Panarin (36th in the game, 88 overall) and Sergei Bobrovsky (11th, 91 overall) lead the way for the Blue Jackets. 

Here are their ratings, in full.

Artemi Panarin's full stats
Sergei Bobrovsky's full stats

Meanwhile, Seth Jones tweeted out his rating – seemingly just missing out on the top 50 despite finishing fourth in this year's Norris Trophy voting.

So, knowing the rankings of the three highest-ranked Blue Jackets in the game, let's take a stab at what the rest of the lineup will look like. It's important to note that the game overhauled its ratings system last year, bumping down most player ratings to make star players stand out more – so if some of these seem low (particularly in the mid/low 80's), it doesn't necessarily mean the players are being undervalued. 

With that said, here's the official 1OB prediction.

Blue Jackets Forward Projected Ratings
Left Wing   Center   Right Wing  
Artemi Panarin 88 Pierre-Luc Dubois 82 Cam Atkinson 84
Nick Foligno 82 Alexander Wennberg 82 Oliver Bjorkstrand 80
Boone Jenner 81 Riley Nash 81 Josh Anderson 80
Sonny Milano 78 Brandon Dubinsky 79 Anthony Duclair 79
Blue Jackets Defense Projected Ratings
Left D   Right D  
Zach Werenski 86 Seth Jones 87
Markus Nutivaara 81 David Savard 83
Ryan Murray 82 Dean Kukan 76
Blue Jackets Goalie Projected Ratings
Sergei Bobrovsky 91
Joonas Korpisalo 80

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