NHL 22

NHL 22 Shows Us the X-Factors

EA Vancouver has kept us in the dark so far on what to expect from NHL 22′s addition of X-Factors.

If you’ve been following our coverage so far, you’ll likely recall that we’ve been promised 50 players with X-Factors selected for their unique brand of hockey. The goal of it all is to add personality as the game has never seen before. There are six categories available focusing on every aspect of the game from shooting, skating, passing defending, thinking smart and, of course, staying cool under pressure between the pipes.

Here’s the full list and breakdown:


Auston Matthews, Toronto – Shock and Awe

Artemi Panarin, NY Rangers – Make It Snappy

Nikita Kucherov, Tampa Bay – Make It Snappy

Jake Guentzel, Pittsburgh – Shnipe

Alexander Ovechkin, Washington – One Tee

John Carlson, Washington – Thunderclap

Alex Debrincat, Chicago – Make It Snappy

Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh – Beautiful Backhand

Shea Theodore, Vegas – Heatseeker

Mark Scheifele, Winnipeg – Shnipe

Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay – One Tee

Jack Eichel, Buffalo – Make It Snappy

Dougie Hamilton, New Jersey – Heatseeker

David Pastrnak, Boston – Shnipe

Brad Marchand, Boston – Make It Snappy

Matthew Tkachuk, Calgary – It’s Tricky

Kyle Connor, Winnipeg – Thunderclap


Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado – Ankle Breaker

Matt Barzal, NY Islanders – Elite Edges

Connor McDavid, Edmonton – Wheels

Cale Makar, Colorado – Elite Edges

Brayden Point, Tampa Bay – Wheels

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh – In Reverse

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver – Third Eye

Kirill Kaprizov, Minnesota – Tape to Tape

Mika Zibanejad, NY Rangers – Magnetic

Hockey IQ

Patrick Kane, Chicago – Puck on a String

Seth Jones, Chicago Quick Pick

Aleksander Barkov, Florida – All Alone

Joe Pavelski, Dallas – Big Tipper

Ryan O’Reilly, St. Louis – Quick Draw

Gabriel Landeskog, Colorado – Crease Crasher

Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles – Quick Pick


Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton – Tape to Tape

Mikko Rantanen, Colorado – Tape to Tape

Sebastian Aho, Carolina – Third Eye

Mitch Marner, Toronto – Third Eye

Jonathan Huberdeau, Florida Tape to Tape

Elias Pettersson, Vancouver – Third Eye

Roman Josi, Nashville – Send It


Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay – Stick ‘Em Up

Sean Couturier, Philadelphia – Stick ‘Em Up

Alex Pietrangelo, Vegas – Shutdown

Jaccob Slavin, Carolina – Shutdown

Adam Fox, NY Rangers – Tape to Tape

Patrice Bergeron, Boston – Yoink!


Andrei Vasilevskiy, Tampa Bay – Contortionist

Carey Price, Montreal – Post to Post

Marc-Andre Fleury, Chicago – All Or Nothing

Connor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg – Dialed In

To learn more about what each of these abilities entail, check out the X-Factors breakdown page.