EA Sports has released their rankings of the top five players per their position and two Detroit Red Wings have been ranked in the top five at their position.
Henrik Zetterberg is ranked second among left wingers with an overall of ninety-two, behind only Alexander Ovechkin with an overall of ninety-three. Zach Parise, Taylor Hall, and Jamie Benn round out the top five with overalls of ninety for each of them.
Summary: One of the best two-way forwards in the game, Zetterberg plays in all situations. His five-star Puck Skills, Senses, Defense, and Skating make him a constant threat in all three zones.
Pavel Datsyuk is ranked fourth among centers with an overall of ninety-three and sits behind Jonathan Toews and Steven Stamkos who both have overalls of ninety-three, as well, and Sidney Crosby, who has an overall of ninety-six. Datsyuk is ranked ahead of Ryan Getzlaf, who has an overall rating of ninety-two.
Summary: If Datsyuk focused solely on offense he would have the potential to be in the NHL scoring race every single year. Instead, Pavel is a legendary two-way forward who consistency finishes near the top of the league in takeaways.
No Detroit Red Wings ranked in the top five for defense, right-wing, or goaltending. None of which comes as a big surprise because while Jimmy Howard and Niklas Kronwall are very good players, they are not quite in the upper echelon yet.
As for the right-wing, I am not sure Detroit employs right wingers, what ends up happening is left wingers are moved to the right side of the ice.
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