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NHL 13 player and team ratings: Eastern Conference

Sean Leahy
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On Tuesday, we revealed the top forwards, defensemen and goaltenders in EA Sports' NHL 13, releasing next month. EA also announced on Tuesday during the Gamescom event that the demo will come out for XBOX 360 and PS3 users on Aug. 21 and for European PS3 gamers on Aug. 22. The demo will feature four modes:

• Play Now featuring the New Jersey Devils and Los Angeles Kings.

• NHL Moments Live where users can replay Game 5 of the Western Conference Final between the Kings and Phoenix Coyotes.

• Hockey Ultimate Team, the fantasy team maker.

• Free Skate where you'll be able to test out the new skating engine and moves.

Today, we're unveiling player and team ratings for the Eastern Conference. Western Conference teams will be revealed on Friday. All rosters reflect deals since July 1 and major transactions only. Ratings after the jump.

Here's EA's explanation for the new team overalls:

"We changed the team overalls for continuity. If you look at our 'potential' rating system and how we break down the each of the six skill ratings, it is all star based and we wanted to be consistent."

Listed below are the team names (Click the team name for player rating graphic), the rating of that team in three categories and a few of their top rated players.

Boston Bruins (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Zdeno Chara (91), Patrice Bergeron (86), Nathan Horton/David Krejci (85)

Buffalo Sabres (Offense: 3.5, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Ryan Miller (92), Tyler Myers (87), Jason Pominville (85)

Carolina Hurricanes (Offense: 4, Defense: 4, Goalies: 4.5): Cam Ward (88), Eric Staal (87), Jordan Staal (85), Jeff Skinner (84)

Florida Panthers (Offense: 3.5 Defense: 3.5 Goalies: 3.5): Kris Versteeg/Tomas Fleischmann/Brian Campbell/Dmitry Kulikov/Stephen Weiss (83)

Montreal Canadiens (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Carey Price (90), Andrei Markov/Tomas Plekanec (86), Erik Cole/P.K. Subban (85)

New Jersey Devils (Offense: 3.5, Defense: 4, Goalies: 4): Ilya Kovalchuk (90), Traviz Zajac/Adam Larsson (84), Henrik Tallinder (83), Patrik Elias/Anton Volchenkov/Martin Brodeur (82)

New York Islanders (Offense: 3.5, Defense: 3.5, Goalies: 3.5): John Tavares (85), Matt Moulson/Mark Streit/Lubomir Visnovsky (82)

New York Rangers (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Henrik Lundqvist (91), Marian Gaborik (89), Rick Nash/Brad Richards (87)

Ottawa Senators (Offense: 4, Defense: 4, Goalies: 4): Jason Spezza (87), Erik Karlsson (86), Daniel Alfredsson/Milan Michalek/Chris Phillips (84)

Philadelphia Flyers (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Claude Giroux (90), Ilya Bryzgalov (86), Chris Pronger/Braydon Coburn (85)

Pittsburgh Penguins (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Sidney Crosby (95), Evgeni Malkin (91), Kris Letang (90), Marc-Andre Fleury/Tomas Vokoun (87)

Tampa Bay Lightning (Offense: 3.5, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 3.5): Steven Stamkos (91), Martin St. Louis (87), Vincent Lecavalier/Matt Carle (86)

Toronto Maple Leafs (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 3.5): Dion Phaneuf (88), Phil Kessel (86), Joffrey Lupul (84),

Washington Capitals (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 3.5): Alex Ovechkin (93), Nicklas Backstrom/Mike Green (85)

Winnipeg Jets (Offense: 4, Defense: 4.5, Goalies: 4.5): Dustin Byfuglien (87), Zach Bogosian/Evander Kane (84)

Coming up on Friday, your player and teams ratings for the Western Conference.

Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy

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