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Player Build Types

NHL 14: Player Build Types

Written By: TargetAudience18


In NHL 13 there are six different forward builds and four different defenseman builds.



  • Playmaker
  • Sniper
  • Two-Way Forward
  • Power Forward
  • Grinder
  • Enforcer


  • Offensive
  • Defensive
  • Two-Way
  • Enforcer


So, the next question would be: “Which player build is best for me?” Allow me to dive in to each player build and assess their strengths and weaknesses.


Overall Assessment




For players who want to move the puck effectively and don’t care too much about giving up the body and not being able to make a hit (Think Sidney Crosby, Pavel Datsyuk, Martin St. Louis, Henrik Sedin)

Puck movement and control; awareness of the play; athleticism

Average poke check; poor strength; no hitting ability


For players who want to be able to find the back of the net consistently and don’t mind sacrificing some team play due to lower passing ability (Think Alex Ovechkin, Ilya Kovalchuk, Steven Stamkos)

Shooting; athleticism

Poke check; awareness of play; passing; balance; hitting ability

Two-Way Forward

A well balanced build for players who want to be responsible defensively. A great hitter and great at taking faceoffs (Think Jordan Staal, Henrik Zetterberg, David Backes, Patrice Bergeron)

All defensive categories (awareness, discipline, poke check, faceoffs etc.); offensive awareness; athleticism

No real weaknesses, this build can truly be tailored to your style of play. The only weakness would be that the offensive category is not the greatest

Power Forward

A brute of a player who uses his size and strength to plow his way to the net (Think Dustin Brown, Joe Thornton, Jarome Iginla)

Shot power; body checking, aggression; strength; balance

Passing; puck control; awareness; faceoffs; agility


A tough player who plays with an edge. Incredibly fast and can make life hard on defense with an aggressive forecheck. Think Ben Eager, Steve Ott, Cal Clutterbuck)

Body checking; aggression; defensive awareness; faceoffs; poke check; acceleration; agility; endurance; speed; balance; strength

All offensive categories except hand eye


A guy who can’t wait to drop the gloves. Takes the body any chance he gets. His job is get in the other team’s face and just be aggressive in general (Think George Parros, Zenon Konopka, Shawn Toronton, Derek Dorestt)

Slap shot; strength; body checking; aggression; fighting skill; balance; durability

Almost everything else. Probably better to choose a grinder to be honest

Offensive D-Man

Loves to carry the puck and loves to score. Has great playmaking ability, but lacks a little responsibility defensively (Think Erik Karlsson, Justin Schultz, Kris Letang)

All offensive categories; defensive awareness; athleticism

All defensive categories except awareness

Defensive D-Man

Your shut down guy who can lower the boom on players with his size and strength. Highest rated player in the game (Think Zdeno Chara, Ladislav Smid, Brooks Orpik, Shea Weber)

Slap shot; all defensive categories; strength; balance; durability

The majority of the offensive categories (deking, puck control, etc); acceleration; speed

Two-Way D-Man

Can play both sides of the puck. Much like the two-way forward, the two-way d-man is pretty solid in all categories with no stand outs and not many serious flaws (Think Tom Gilbert, Dustin Byfuglien, Mike Green, Nick Lidstrom)

Average in all categories

No huge weaknesses. Maybe deking and shot accuracy

Enforcer D-Man

Loves to lay the body and make players pay for their decisions. You can count on these guys intimidating the other team but not doing much of anything else (Think Andy Sutton, Anton Volchenkov, Mark Fistric)

Slap shot; aggressiveness; body checking; fighting skill; poke checking; shot blocking; balance; durability; strength

All skating categories; almost all offensive catreogories

7 thoughts on “Player Build Types

  • F.Sedin says:

    Just like to point out about playmakers having no hitting ability. Just kind of proved this the other day with a teamate. But this game is about size and speed. My teamate is a 6’4″ 200 lb power forward and I’m a 6’4″ 217lb playmaker. He has his strength and checking attributes jacked right up while I don’t have any points on the two. Yet 9 times out of 10 I’ll throw bigger hits and end up with more at the end of the game. Plus I have the luxury of all the offensive play in my game.

  • Emile says:

    ” (Think George Perros, ”

    * George Parros

  • Sean says:

    Under “Enforcer” a couple of names are misspelled. “Shawn Toronton” should be “Shawn Thornton” and “Derek Dorestt” should be “Derek Dorsett”.

  • Colin says:

    In NHL15, can I change my player build type and also physical attributes without it reseting all the XP I’ve put into my players? For instance, I have a TWD at 6’9″ 265 lbs and wanted to change his height. Also, I have a RW as a sniper but would like to change him to a Playmaker and his height and weight because I’ve noticed everyone is small and quick. Their size doesn’t seem to affect their hitting ability/durability too much so I’d like to change but again I don’t want to lose all my XP earned.
    Thanks for the help in advance!

  • hoimand says:

    You can change settings in Edit Pro(height, weight, etc.) without resetting the points in Edit Attributes.

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