EA Sports has posted a new NHL 16 EASHL blog discussing the new specialized player classes for the mode. Each class has a different set of strengths and weaknesses that you must use to form a balanced team. Take a look at the details of the new classes below.
- The perfect class for when you need some scoring touch inserted into your lineup. Snipers have strong shooting abilities.
- Lack physical strength and will depend on teammates to create space and scoring chances.
- Below average defensive skill.
- Excellent balance and strong on the puck. An effective player class for those who use the cycle game.
- A physical player that uses strength to open space for other teammates.
- Heavy slap shot.
- Average shot accuracy.
- Top-end passing skill. The best choice for the EASHL player who likes to set up their teammates and create scoring chances.
- Good puck control helps this class keep possession of the puck while teammates look to get open for a scoring chance.
- Lacks physical strength and can get knocked off the puck by stronger opponents.
- Average shot accuracy. This class should always look to make the pass before shooting.
- Average defensive skills.
- High rated physical skills. This class works well for players who like to engage in the physical side of the game – including puck battles, shot blocking or deliver crushing hits.
- With a strong hand-eye rating, this class will have a higher chance at deflections in front of opposing goalies.
- Below average shooting and puck skills. Needs to keep things simple on the offensive side of the puck.
- An imposing force with top rated physical skills. Can easily knock the puck off opponents by using checking skills.
- Top rated fighting skills that can help energize the team.
- Poor shooting and puck skills.
- Strong but not skilled.
- Has elements of both a playmaker and a grinder. An excellent player class for those who deploy a balanced attack strategy.
- Uses defensive skills to win puck battles and create turnovers which help the team in the transition game.
- Good passing skills which allow this class to set up teammates.
- Good transition game but doesn’t excel on the offensive side of the puck compared to other classes.
- This class needs to keep their play simple on offense as they lack deking ability.
- This class provides a good balance of offense and defense from the blue line. They are an excellent player class for those who deploy a balanced attack strategy.
- Good at the transition game causing turnovers and getting a solid first pass out of the defensive zone.
- Average shooting.
- Average puck control.
- A good choice for those who want to generate offense from the back-end or are looking for a power play quarterback.
- Great shooting accuracy from the point.
- Great passing in all situations.
- Lack physical skills on offense and can get knocked off the puck more easily than the average player class.
- Lacks physical skill on defense and will have trouble stopping opponents along the boards or in front of the net.
- The perfect choice for when you want to shut down your opponent.
- High rated physical and checking attributes.
- Heavy shot from the point.
- Average puck skills. This class can make simple breakout passes, but don’t expect them to act as a playmaker.
- Low shooting accuracy.
- Covers the bottom part of the net utilizing the popular butterfly style.
- Strong rebound control.
- More vulnerable to high shots going into the top corners.
- A style that might be rare in today’s game, but could be extremely effective in EASHL. Covers the top part of the net more effectively.
- Can see over screens with a higher vision rating.
- Strong passing and puck playing ability that can help your team breakout of the defensive zone.
- More susceptible to low shots that go along the ice.
- Average goalie skill across the board. This goalie class is perfect for the player that like to mix up their playing style as the game goes on.
- No major weaknesses.