nhl16_player_classes

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.

SNIPER

Strengths:
  • The perfect class for when you need some scoring touch inserted into your lineup. Snipers have strong shooting abilities.

Weaknesses:

  • Lack physical strength and will depend on teammates to create space and scoring chances.
  • Below average defensive skill.

POWER FORWARD

Strengths

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • Average shot accuracy.

PLAYMAKER

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • 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.

GRINDER

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • Below average shooting and puck skills. Needs to keep things simple on the offensive side of the puck.

ENFORCER

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • Poor shooting and puck skills.
  • Strong but not skilled.

TWO-WAY FORWARD

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • 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.

TWO-WAY DEFENSEMAN

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • Average shooting.
  • Average puck control.

OFFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • 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.

DEFENSIVE DEFENSEMAN

Strengths:

  • The perfect choice for when you want to shut down your opponent.
  • High rated physical and checking attributes.
  • Heavy shot from the point.

Weaknesses:

  • Average puck skills. This class can make simple breakout passes, but don’t expect them to act as a playmaker.
  • Low shooting accuracy.

BUTTERFLY GOALIE

Strengths:

  • Covers the bottom part of the net utilizing the popular butterfly style.
  • Strong rebound control.

Weaknesses:

  • More vulnerable to high shots going into the top corners.

STAND-UP GOALIE

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • More susceptible to low shots that go along the ice.

HYBRID GOALIE

Strengths:

  • 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.

Weaknesses:

  • No major weaknesses.