13 Oct 2020 9:21 AM +00:00

NHL 21 Ratings: Fastest skaters revealed! Release date, pre-order & more

Speed kills in sports, and hockey is no different.

EA have revealed the fastest players in NHL 21.

Are there any surprises?

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Top 3 Fastest Players in NHL 21

There's no surprise that Connor McDavid is atop the list of fastest skaters in the new game.

His electric speed is nothing new, and he could be at the top of this list for a long, long time!

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Let's break down the top 3.

Connor McDavid - 97 Speed

Connor McDavid is one of the brightest young prospects in the NHL, and this carries over into his NHL 21 ratings.

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FLASH: McDavid has been a cover star for the NHL series

At just 23-years-old, McDavid has made the NHL First All-Star Team three years straight and is captain of the Edmonton Oilers.

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While McDavid is a multi-faceted threat from the Center position, his speed stands out as the highest in NHL 21 by a very large margin at 97.

Matt Duchene - 94 Speed

Matt Duchene is a veteran NHL Center who's been an important part of many rosters over his career.

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BEEN AROUND THE BLOCK: Veteran Center Matt Duchene is no stranger to NHL success

Duchene signed a seven-year deal with the Nashville Predators in 2019, so we can expect him to be a consistent presence for the team for some time.

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Duchene enters NHL 21 as one of the fastest players in the game, and his talents shooting the puck round out a hard to defend skillset.

Taylor Hall - 94 Speed

Taylor Hall is beginning a new chapter in his career as a new member of the Arizona Coyotes.

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RESUME: Taylor Hall is ready to show he still has it as a member of the Arizona Coyotes

The Left Winger is a dangerous talent with All-Star level skills. As one of the top 3 fastest skaters in NHL 21, you'll have be careful giving him open ice.

Fastest Players in NHL 21


While the above players stand out as the top 3, these are the top 10 fastest skaters in NHL 21!

Player Team Speed
Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers97
Matt DucheneNashville Predators94
Taylor HallArizona Coyotes94
Nathan MacKinnonColorado Avalanche94
Cale MakarColorado Avalanche93
Dylan LarkinDetroit Red Wings93
Jack HughesNew Jersey Devils93
Johnny GaudreauCalgary Flames93
Mathew BarzalNew York Islanders93
Quinn HughesVancouver Canucks93

NHL 21 release date

NHL 21 will release on 16 October for all players, but some will hit the ice three days early.

You can get this 3-day early access with the Deluxe or Great Eight editions of the game, and of course there will be an EA Play trial too.

What about next-gen?

NHL 21 lands just a month before next-gen consoles do.

So should you wait for the Xbox Series X or PS5 before buying NHL 21?

Well, no. EA has said that this year's game has been designed with the current-gen consoles in mind, and that while it will benefit from next-gen load times, there aren't any special features or upgrades that will come with the new consoles.

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