Wednesday, September 25, 2013

NHL 14: Build of the Week -- Playmaker Winger

And we are back! First up is a playmaker winger. Let's get right to it:

Legend 1
Regular flex
Second curve from the bottom
13" Skates

Deking: 78
Hand-Eye: 85
Offensive Awareness: 80
Passing (+7): 90
Puck Control (+7): 90
Slap Shot Accuracy: 67
Slap Shot Power: 65
Wrist Shot Accuracy (+7): 85
Wrist Shot Power (+7): 79

Aggressiveness: 84
Body Checking: 72
Defensive Awareness: 85
Discipline: 65
Faceoffs: 65
Fighting Skill: 65
Shot Blocking: 66
Stick Checking (+7): 85

Acceleration (+12): 90
Agility (+7): 81
Balance (+7): 80
Durability: 75
Endurance: 86
Speed (+12): 90
Strength (+7): 80

This build will look pretty familiar to anyone who has seen my builds before. This has pretty good first five stats with an emphasis on puck control, passing, and hand eye. Then you have a beefy wrist shot good for beating both human and CPU goalies. I don't use one touch dekes much instead using the side to side dekes to slow down and create separation between defenders and I. It is enough to score somewhat on breakaways but will probably get increased along with offensive awareness once legend two and three roll around.

Defensively this is pretty good all around. Good stick check as long as you don't poke directly from behind (that probably goes for all builds but this one seems to trip easier than others). Good defensive awareness to cut off pucks in passing lanes and a high aggression to help scooping up pucks. This build does not hit well at all. This is however a bonus in that you can run into people almost at will and never pick up a penalty over it. You won't flatten them but you will jar the puck loose frequently.

Athletics are good from top to bottom. Agility is a bit low especially with the 13" skates but the straight line speed helps make up for that and it turns far better than you would think. Endurance is key for the ability to skate fast all day. Strength and balance are also bolstered to help with being jostled along the boards and to help maintain puck control. Almost no amount of this will help you from getting leveled this year but some is definitely worthwhile. The new thing you might notice is added points to durability. With the crazy amount of hitting and injuries I really think that adding some points here is worthwhile. Being injured, especially a skating injury, will keep you from being effective. The spare points there let you take some hits to make plays without getting hurt as often.

This build is good at both passing and scoring and solid enough defensively to get the job done there as well. I am not sure there is a better offensive class available in the game.


  1. Really good build, I use a similar build. I feel like having a maxed out defensive awareness helps, give it a try.

    1. Yeah, I actually do that now that I am legend 2. I also play a lot bigger.

  2. What height/weight and skates do you use now?

  3. I will give you a good build ;) (LEGEND 2)


    Deking : 78 (+7)
    Hand Eye : 78 (+7)
    Off. Awarenesse : 83 (+7)
    Passing : 82 (+7)
    Puck Control : 79 (+7)
    Slap Shot Accuracy :65
    Slap Shot Power : 65
    Wrist Shot Accuracy : 77 (+7)
    Wrist Shot Power : 77 (+7)

    Defense ;

    Aggresiveness :71
    Body Checking : 68
    Def. Awareness : 93
    Discipline : 90
    Faceoff : 65
    Fighting Skill : 65
    Shot Blocking : 93
    Stick Cheking : 93

    Athleticism ;

    Acceleration : 81 (+7)
    Agility : 78 (+7)
    Balance : 72 (+7)
    Durability : 66
    Endurance : 86
    Speed : 81 (+7)
    Strength : 65

    Height :5'8"
    Weight : 160 lbs
    Skates : 13"