NHL 22 Complete Class of 50 X-Factor Players Revealed

By Dean James

September 22, 2021

NHL 22 is less than a month away from its release and EA Vancouver is revealing all kinds of player information this week, including the 50 X-Factor Players that are in the game.

This comes a few months ahead of the next NHL season, but people are excited since this is the first NHL game to release on next-gen consoles after last year’s current-gen only release before the next-gen consoles were out.

EA Vancouver has been releasing players ratings over the last few days and the latest are the 50 X-Factor superstar players in the game.

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NHL 22 | X-Factor Reveal Trailer

NHL 22 | X-Factor Reveal Trailer

What Are X-Factor Players?

X-Factors are new to the NHL series, but those familiar with some other EA Sports franchises like Madden will recognize the name of this feature.

These are special abilities given to the best of the best players in the sport, which are based on their real-world skills.

When it comes to NHL 22, the X-Factors are split into six different categories, with X-Factors based on the best Shooters, Skaters, Hockey IQ, Passers, Defenders, and Goalies.

Who Are The 50 X-Factor Players In NHL 22?

The 50 NHL 22 X-Factor superstar players are split across the six categories, with some categories featuring many more players than others.

To find out which 50 players made the cut, check out the full list below that are broken down by category.


Auston Matthews – Shock and Awe
Artemi Panarin – Make It Snappy
David Pastrnak – Shnipe
Nikita Kucherov – Make It Snappy
Brad Marchard – Make It Snappy
Jake Guentzel – Shnipe
Alexander Ovechkin – One Tee
John Carlson – Thunder Clap
Alex Debrincat – Make It Snappy
Sidney Crosby – Beauty Backhand
Shea Theodore – Heatseeker
Mark Scheifele – Shnipe
Steven Stamkos – One Tee
Jack Eichel – Make It Snappy
Dougie Hamilton – Heatseeker
Matthew Tkachuk – It’s Tricky
Kyle Connor – Thunderclap


Nathan Mackinnon – Ankle Breaker
Mat Barzal – Elite Edges
Connor McDavid – Wheels
Cale Makar – Elite Edges
Brayden Point – Wheels
Kris Letang – In Reverse

Hockey IQ

Patrick Kane – Puck on a String
Seth Jones – Quick Pick
Aleksander Barkov – All Alone
Joe Pavelski – Big Tipper
Ryan O’Reilly – Quick Draw
Gabriel Landeskog – Crease Crasher
Anze Kopitar – Quick Pick


Leon Draisaitl – Tape to Tape
Mikko Rantanen – Tape to Tape
Sebastian Aho – Third Eye
Mitch Marner – Third Eye
Jonathan Huberdeau – Tape to Tape
Elias Pettersson – Third Eye
Roman Josi – Send It
Kirill Kaprizov – Tape To Tape
Mika Zibanejad – Magnetic
Adam Fox – Tape To Tape


Victor Hedman – Stick ‘Em Up
Mark Stone – Yoink!
Patrice Bergeron – Yoink!
Sean Couturier – Stick ‘Em Up
Alex Pietrangelo – Shutdown
Jaccob Slavin – Shutdown


Andrew Vasilevskiy – Contortionist
Carey Price – Post to Post
Connor Hellbuyck – Dialed In
Mark-Andre Fleury – All or Nothing

Look for all of the above X-Factor players when NHL 22 releases on October 15 for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One on October 15.

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Dean James

Dean has been a lifelong gamer ever since he got an SNES as his first game system and has continued to stay passionate about gaming ever since. He has always had a soft spot for most anything Nintendo, especially related to The Legend of Zelda and Mario series. Beyond that, he loves a variety of different games across all platforms, ranging from RPGs like Final Fantasy and Kingdom Hearts to sports titles like MLB The Show.

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