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Old 07-27-2017, 09:59 PM   #1
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NHL 18 Players with Real Faces

This is a list of players who have their real faces in NHL 18.
Additions will be made as we discover more faces.
Bold names mean they are new faces in NHL 18.
Any additional help is appreciated.

Real player faces:
Anaheim Ducks
F. Beauchemin, K. Bieksa, A. Cogliano, C. Fowler, R. Getzlaf, A. Henrique, R. Kesler, R. Miller, C. Perry, A. Vermette

Arizona Coyotes
P. Datsyuk, M. Domi, O. Ekman-Larsson, N. Hjalmarsson, C. Pronger, L. Schenn, D. Strome

Boston Bruins
D. Backes, P. Bergeron, Z. Chara, B. Gionta, D. Krejci, B. Marchand, R. Nash, D. Pastrnak, T. Rask

Buffalo Sabres
J. Eichel, M. Moulson, R. O'Reilly, K. Okposo, S. Reinhart, R. Ristolainen

Calgary Flames
M. Bartkowski, S. Bennett, J. Gaudreau, M. Giordano, S. Monahan, E. Poirier, C. Stewart, K. Versteeg

Carolina Hurricanes
N. Hanifin, M. Kruger, J. Skinner, J. Staal, C. Ward, J. Williams

Chicago Blackhawks
M. Hossa, P. Kane, D. Keith, B. Seabrook, B. Saad, P. Sharp, J. Toews

Colorado Avalanche
J. Bernier, G. Landeskog, N. MacKinnon, N. Yakupov

Columbus Blue Jackets
C. Atkinson, S. Bobrovsky, B. Dubinsky, N. Foligno, B. Jenner, S. Jones, S. Milano, R. Murray, A. Panarin, T. Vanek, A. Wennberg

Dallas Stars
J. Benn, R. Faksa, D. Hamhuis, K. Lehtonen, A. Radulov, T. Seguin, J. Spezza

Detroit Red Wings
J. Franzen, M. Green, N. Kronwall, D. Larkin, F. Nielsen, G. Nyquist, M. Rasmussen, H. Zetterberg

Edmonton Oilers
M. Cammalleri, L. Draisaitl, Z. Kassian, M. Lucic, C. McDavid, R. Nugent-Hopkins, D. Nurse, J. Puljujarvi, R. Strome

Florida Panthers
A. Barkov, N. Bjugstad, A. Ekblad, J. Huberdeau, R. Luongo, O. Tippett, V. Trocheck, R. Vrbata, K. Yandle

Los Angeles Kings
D. Brown, J. Carter, D. Doughty, A. Kopitar, D. Phaneuf, J. Quick, T. Toffoli, G. Vilardi

Minnesota Wild
C. Coyle, M. Dumba, M. Granlund, M. Koivu, N. Niederreiter, Z. Parise, E. Staal, R. Suter

Montreal Canadiens
J. Drouin, A. Galchenyuk, B. Gallagher, A. Hemsky, M. Pacioretty, C. Price, S. Weber

Nashville Predators
R. Ellis, S. Hartnell, R. Johansen, R. Josi, P. Rinne, P.K. Subban, K. Turris, Y. Weber

New Jersey Devils
M. Grabner, T. Hall, N. Hischier, E. Lack, K. Palmieri

New York Islanders
M. Barzal, J. Eberle, A. Ladd, S. Prince, J. Tavares

New York Rangers
C. Kreider, H. Lundqvist, K. Shattenkirk, B. Smith, M. Staal, M. Zibanejad, M. Zuccarello

Ottawa Senators
A. Burrows, M. Duchene, M. Gaborik, B. Gormley, E. Karlsson, B. Ryan, M. Stone

Philadelphia Flyers
S. Couturier, V. Filppula, S. Gostisbhere, C. Giroux, N. Patrick, T. Sanheim, W. Simmonds, J. Voracek

Pittsburgh Penguins
D. Brassard, S. Crosby, P. Kessel, K. Letang, E. Malkin, J. Schultz

San Jose Sharks
M. Boedker, B. Burns, L. Couture, J. Hansen, E. Kane, T. Meier, J. Pavelski, J. Thornton, M-E. Vlasic

St. Louis Blues
P. Berglund, J. Bouwmeester, R. Fabbri, A. Pietrangelo, B. Schenn, J. Schwartz, A. Steen, V. Tarasenko

Tampa Bay Lightning
R. Callahan, C. Conacher, D. Girardi, V. Hedman, N. Kucherov, R. McDonagh, S. Stamkos

Toronto Maple Leafs
T. Bozak, J. Gardiner, N. Horton, N. Kadri, J. Lupul, P. Marleau, M. Marner, M. Martin, A. Matthews, T. Plekanec, M. Rielly, J. van Riemsdyk

Vancouver Canucks
S. Baertschi, A. Edler, L. Eriksson, S. Gagner, N. Goldobin, B. Horvat, J. Markstrom, D. Sedin, H. Sedin, B. Sutter, C. Tanev, J. Virtanen

Vegas Golden Knights
C. Eakin, M-A. Fleury, J. Neal, L. Sbisa, T. Tatar

Washington Capitals
N. Backstrom, B. Connolly, E. Kuznetsov, T.J. Oshie, A. Ovechkin

Winnipeg Jets
D. Byfuglien, N. Ehlers, T. Enstrom, P. Laine, B. Little, M. Scheifele, P. Stastny, B. Wheeler

UFAs
D. Brunner, D. Carcillo, D. Dorsett, C. Ehrhoff, R. Emery, M. Erat, C. Higgins, C. Hodgson, J. Hudler, J. Iginla, B. Jackman, J. Jagr, M. Michalek, P.A. Parenteau, D. Penner, J. Pitkanen, B. Prust, M. Ribeiro, M. Richards, M. Ryder, M. Savard, A. Semin, D. Setoguchi, M. Streit, R. Torres, R.J. Umberger, D. Zubrus

Other
N. Antropov (KHL), E. Blum (SC Bern), J. Cheechoo (KHL), B. Eager (KHL), A. Frolov (KHL), M. Grigorenko (KHL), C. Kobasew (SC Bern), I. Kovalchuk (KHL), A. Lilja (Rogle BK), A. Ponikarovsky (KHL), I. Ruthermann (HC Davos), M. Satan (KHL), F. Sjostrom (Frolunda), R. Suri (Zug), M. Wieser (HC Davos), N. Zherdev (KHL)

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Old 07-27-2017, 11:07 PM   #2
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Re: NHL 18 Players with Real Faces

So here's the list so far! My thoughts; it's a pretty good looking list. We seem to have made some noise on this thread last year. I think I got all the big names for the most part. I expect to add prospects and maybe more depth players once the full game is released and/or when the first roster update arrives.

As you notice team logos are starting to disappear on the list. I'll look into getting that fixed once the beta closes. I also did a cleanup in the Free Agents section since many of the names were long gone. Once the game is out I'll scan the free agents list and remove any extras remaining.

Please share any players I may have missed!

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Pretty sure Draisaitl's face is just a slightly modded version of one of the standard versions. Doesn't really look like him, imo.

Overall, not nearly enough to make a team really look like in reality. One of the many disappointing stuff in the NHL franchise. It wasn't hard to produce cyberfaces for NHL 08 and 09 on PC and the devs have way better tools to generate cyberfaces pretty automatically. Dunno why they don't make use of it.
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Pretty sure Draisaitl's face is just a slightly modded version of one of the standard versions. Doesn't really look like him, imo.

Overall, not nearly enough to make a team really look like in reality. One of the many disappointing stuff in the NHL franchise. It wasn't hard to produce cyberfaces for NHL 08 and 09 on PC and the devs have way better tools to generate cyberfaces pretty automatically. Dunno why they don't make use of it.
It's yet another thing that would be less frustrating if we could fix it ourselves. Parayko, Edmundson, Bortuzzo and Gunnarsson all look nothing like themselves, and I'm stuck with it because EA refuses to spend any time making the player creation portion of the game any better. It's been 10 years of wishing for improvements in this area, and while most other games have advanced their player editing to new levels, EA is still using the "pick a head that looks kinda close" method.
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It's yet another thing that would be less frustrating if we could fix it ourselves. Parayko, Edmundson, Bortuzzo and Gunnarsson all look nothing like themselves, and I'm stuck with it because EA refuses to spend any time making the player creation portion of the game any better. It's been 10 years of wishing for improvements in this area, and while most other games have advanced their player editing to new levels, EA is still using the "pick a head that looks kinda close" method.
I agree with the idea that being able to edit heads to our liking would be a blessing. But let's also be honest, with the exception of Parayko, how often will the rest of the names mentioned be on screen? The list is impressive because names that generate a great deal of offence, and will be seen in scoring cutscenes now have their real face. There are still clutch names missing like Forsberg or Arvidsson in Nashville, but let's admit there is an improvement. We usually get a dozen stars and a few prospects. We still haven't identified all prospects.
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I agree with the idea that being able to edit heads to our liking would be a blessing. But let's also be honest, with the exception of Parayko, how often will the rest of the names mentioned be on screen? The list is impressive because names that generate a great deal of offence, and will be seen in scoring cutscenes now have their real face. There are still clutch names missing like Forsberg or Arvidsson in Nashville, but let's admit there is an improvement. We usually get a dozen stars and a few prospects. We still haven't identified all prospects.
I guess my point is that if it were up to the fans, it wouldn't matter what arbitrary reasons there were for guys to be in game.

In The Show, every guy's got a pretty realistic base model to work off of. I called up the Brewers outfield Prospect, and even he was a pretty close likeness to himself. This is a kid who's never played in the MLB. But in the NHL series, guys who have been in the league for the better part of a decade aren't modeled. Hell, half of most teams aren't even in the game.

It's just crazy to me that EA still sticks to this old system that produces awful results. I'm not even 100% talking about the face model, but just general things like beards, facial hair, etc. They mess up handedness sometimes, and that's a huge deal in the game.
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Based on tweets around the draft I think Vilardi has a real face.

Also TJ Brown confirmed on Twitter his face is in for Tampa.

Also Bartowski can be moved to Calgary from the UFA listing.

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I meant JT Brown...
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