EA has revealed the 50 elite players in NHL 22 with Superstar X-Factor abilities. New to NHL 22, Superstar X-Factors represent an all-new ability system that unlocks the unique skills of the league’s best players and gives signature traits of today’s stars to the game bringing an exciting layer of class-based competition and strategy.
From the Shock and Awe shooting of Auston Matthews to the One Tee one-timer skills of Alexander Ovechkin, Superstar X-Factors are a game-changer system to help make NHL 22 the most realistic hockey gaming experience.
|Player Name||Team Name||Zone Ability|
|Auston Matthews||Toronto Maple Leafs||Shock and Awe – Boost Shots after Dekes|
|Artemi Panarin||New York Rangers||Make It Snappy – Boosts Snap Shot from Stride|
|David Pastrnak||Boston Bruins||Shnipe – Elite Catch and Release of Shots|
|Leon Draisaitl||Edmonton Oilers||Tape to Tape – Elite Core Passing|
|Nathan MacKinnon||Colorado Avalanche||Ankle Breaker – Deke at Higher Speed|
|Mikko Rantanen||Colorado Avalanche||Tape to Tape – Elite Core Passing|
|Andrei Vasilevskiy||Tampa Bay Lightning||Contortionist – Boosts Wild Saves Ability|
|Patrick Kane||Chicago Blackhawks||Puck on a String – Elite Stick Handling|
|Matt Barzal||New York Islanders||Elite Edges – Great Speed into Directional Changes|
|Seth Jones||Chicago Blackhawks||Quick Pick – Boosts Puck Interceptions|
|Victor Hedman||Tampa Bay Lightning||Stick ‘Em Up – Boost Stick Checks|
|Cale Makar||Colorado Avalanche||Elite Edges – Great Speed into Directional Changes|
|Aleksander Barkov||Florida Panthers||All Alone – Elite Shot on the Breakaway|
|Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning||Make It Snappy – Boosts Snap Shot from Stride|
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||Wheels – Great Skating with Puck|
|Mark Stone||Vegas Golden Knights||Yoink! – Improves Stick Checks without Penalty|
|Brad Marchand||Boston Bruins||Make It Snappy – Boosts Snap Shot from Stride|
|Joe Pavelski||Dallas Stars||Big Tipper – Elite Level Deflections|
|Jake Guentzel||Pittsburgh Penguins||Shnipe – Elite Catch and Release of Shots|
|Ryan O’Reilly||St. Louis Blues||Quick Draw – Elite Level Faceoffs|
|Brayden Point||Tampa Bay Lightning||Wheels – Great Skating with Puck|
|Sebastian Aho||Carolina Hurricanes||Third Eye – Great Peripheral Passer|
|Gabriel Landeskog||Colorado Avalanche||Crease Crasher – Elite Rebound Opportunist|
|Patrice Bergeron||Boston Bruins||Yoink! – Improves Stick Checks without Penalty|
|Alexander Ovechkin||Washington Capitals||One Tee – Elite One-Timers|
|John Carlson||Washington Capitals||Thunderclap – Elite Slap Shot from the Point|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens||Post to Post – Elite Post to Post Saves|
|Alex DeBrincat||Chicago Blackhawks||Make It Snappy – Boosts Snap Shot from Stride|
|Sean Couturier||Philadelphia Flyers||Stick ‘Em Up – Boosts Stick Checks|
|Kris Letang||Pittsburgh Penguins||In Reverse – Elite Back Skating Ability|
|Sidney Crosby||Pittsburgh Penguins||Beauty Backhand – Elite Backhand|
|Mitch Marner||Toronto Maple Leafs||Third Eye – Great Peripheral Passer|
|Alex Pietrangelo||Vegas Golden Knights||Shutdown – Elite 1 on 1 Defending|
|Shea Theodore||Vegas Golden Knights||Heatseeker – Elite Wrist Shots|
|Marc Andre Fleury||Chicago Blackhawks||All or Nothing – Elite Poke Checking|
|Jonathan Huberdeau||Florida Panthers||Tape to Tape – Elite Core Passing|
|Elias Pettersson||Vancouver Canucks||Third Eye – Great Peripheral Passer|
|Adam Fox||New York Rangers||Tape to Tape – Elite Core Passing|
|Kirill Kaprizov||Minnesota Wild||Tape to Tape – Elite Core Passing|
|Mika Zibanejad||New York Rangers||Magnetic – Elite Pass Reception and Puck Pick Up|
|Mark Scheifele||Winnipeg Jets||Shnipe – Elite Catch and Release of Shots|
|Connor Hellebuyck||Winnipeg Jets||Dialed In – Elite Poke Checking|
|Jaccob Slavin||Carolina Hurricanes||Shutdown – Elite 1 on 1 Defending|
|Matthew Tkachuk||Calgary Flames||It’s Tricky – Elite Trick Shooting|
|Anze Kopitar||Los Angeles Kings||Quick Pick – Boosts Puck Interceptions|
|Steven Stamkos||Tampa Bay Lightning||One Tee – Elite One-Timers|
|Roman Josi||Nashville Predators||Send It – Elite Long Passing|
|Jack Eichel||Buffalo Sabres||Make It Snappy – Boosts Snap Shot from Stride|
|Dougie Hamilton||New Jersey Devils||Heatseeker – Elite Wrist Shots|
|Kyle Connor||Winnipeg Jets||Thunderclap – Elite Slap Shot from the Point|
- Superstar X-Factors in Modes:
- Hockey Ultimate Team: Power-up items that start players off with one X-Factor ability and let them unlock abilities as they progress
- World of CHEL: Play in any World of Chel Mode to unlock X-Factor Abilities to assign to your customized player
- Be a Pro: Earn and equip X-Factor abilities to shape players and advance their pro career
- Franchise Mode: New X-Factor reports allow scouting of both pro and amateur X-Factors. X-Factors contribute to line chemistry, influence trade values of players and are integrated with Fog of War.
- New Mode Features:
- Hockey Ultimate Team: Introducing customizable synergies—unlock and choose synergies for upgradeable players to maximize the ultimate team’s performance.
- World of CHEL:
- Customize Player Classes: More tools to fine tune your playing style by being able to adjust attribute points as well as topping it off with powerful X-Factor Abilities
- Revamped World of CHEL Hub: Access game modes, player customization, clubs, rewards, challenges and stats more quickly than ever in a completely new hub.
- New Party Flow: Invite friends and hang out anywhere in the World of CHEL Hub. Migrate from one game mode to another without having to party up again.
- EASHL Club Arenas: If a player’s EASHL Club has a custom arena, it’ll be your home base in the World of CHEL Hub.
- Be a Pro: New multi-season storylines and challenges offer longer term goals like building a dynasty early in a player’s career like Sidney Crosby, or winning consecutive Cups on different teams like Patrick Maroon.
- Franchise Mode: Celebrating the arrival of the Seattle Kraken, players can now have an expansion draft for the 33rd NHL team.
Here’s a look at the NHL 22 schedule of events prior to release.
- September 28 – First Full Gameplay of NHL 22
- October 4 – Be A Pro and Franchise Mode
- October 6 – Hockey Ultimate Team
The Standard Edition of NHL 22 releases on October 15 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5. The X-Factor Edition launches 3 days earlier and includes bonus in-game content. The NHL 22 trial arrives for EA Play and Xbox Game Pass on October 7.