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Updated October 28, 2019

 

## Player ratings

The player ratings (or skills) are a measure of how good the player is in the different aspects of the game. The ratings display the player's strengths and weaknesses. The importance of each of the player's ratings vary depending on game situation and chosen tactics. There are 9 different ratings for players and 7 ratings for goalies. Ratings ranks from 40 to 99.

 

### Overall

The overall ratings is a summary of the player's ratings. This summary is never used in any game situation, it's only used as a comparable value. Note that the overall summary is weighted differently depending on the player's position and is not the average of all the player's ratings. 

 

### Skating

The skating rating is a combined value of speed, acceleration and balance. The skating rating of importance in tactics requiring speed both offensively and defensively. It's also important in different game situations like delivering and dodging body checks. 

 

### Passing

The passing rating is a measure of how accurate the player can pass the puck. It's also a measure of the player's split vision and offensive smartness. Passing is very important offensively when creating scoring chances almost in every tactic.

 

### Puck handling

The player's puck handling is used when the player dekes and tries to get pass the opponent. It's also used when deflecting shots trying to score goals. Even if mostly used offensively it can be useful defensively when trying to intercept passes and loose pucks. 

 

### Shooting

Shooting is a value of both power and accuracy. An out most important rating when trying to score goals in almost every tactic. 

 

### Defence

The defence rating tells how good the player is defensively, how well he reads and predicts the game. It is also used to tell how good the player is at positioning, intercept passes, poke checking and avoid being hit. It's also used offensively to make safe passes to prevent giveaways. 

 

### Physical

This is a measure of the player's physical strength and how well he makes use of it. The physical rating is used both offensively and defensively depending on chosen tactics. But regardless it's important in game situations like delivering body checks, receiving body checks, battles along the boards, fightings and resisting injuries. Players of great height and weight will impact the physical value even more.

 

### Spirit

The spirit rating is short for fighting spirit and is a measure of the player's courage, grit and with what intensity the player plays the game. The spirit value has a very diverse area of use in the game. Depending on the chosen tactic it may be used both offensively and defensively during the game. It's also used in various game situations like body checking, battling for loose pucks and fightings. It's also a vital part of the mental game and influences leadership, how well the player keeps cool when agitated and how well he can handle pressure and setbacks. It's also influences how much effort the player puts into training sessions.

 

### Endurance

The endurance rating is a measure of how much effort the player can handle during the game before being fatigued. The endurance rating will also influence how fast the player will recover and how well he can resist injuries. It will also influence the effect of training intensity.

 

### Face-offs

The face-offs rating is simply a measure of how good the player is at taking face-offs. Mostly used by centers.

 

## Goalie ratings{{skills}}

Goalies have their own set of ratings to display strengths and weaknesses.

 

### Overall

Just like the player overall the goalie overall is a weighted summary of the goalie's ratings only used as a comparable value.

 

### Reflexes

The reflexes rating is a measure of how fast the goalie reacts to incoming shots. Since goalies often get very little time to react when opponents deflect shots or blocks the goalie's view this rating is vital when stopping shots.

 

### Positioning

The positioning rating tells how well the goalie can cover angles and position himself in the goal. It's also a measure of how well the goalie can stand his ground which is making this value a multifaceted rating useful in most situations. Goalies of great height and weight will add another dimension to the positioning value.

 

### Puck control

The puck control rating is a measure of how well the goalie handles rebounds and loose pucks in front of the goal. This is important to prevent the opponent from regaining puck possession or bang in a loose puck in front of the net.

 

### Puck handling

The puck handling skills is how well the goalie can make saves with the stick and handle his stick with the puck. The latter is useful when the goalie acts as an extra defensemen intercepting the puck behind his own net both to prevent scoring opportunities but also to quickly set up plays and get the offense going.

 

### Athletic

This is a measure of the goalie's agility and the ability to make those impossible saves when the goalie is out of position or down on the ice. It's also a measure of the goalie's ability to quickly move from post to post. Goalies of great height and weight will have a bigger challenge when making athletic saves.

 

### Endurance

The endurance rating is a measure of how much effort the goalie can handle during the game before being fatigued. The endurance rating will also influence how fast the goalie will recover and how well he can resist injuries. It will also influence the effect of training intensity.

 

### Spirit

The goalie's spirit influences of how well the goalie can handle pressure and setbacks during a game. It's also a measure of the goalie's courage when fighting for loose pucks in front of the net. It's also influences how much effort the goalie puts into training sessions.

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There's a few pieces of info up there that change the way I look at players a bit.  Thanks for this.


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This is something I've been waiting a long time. A true eye opener for me. There was a lot of things here that I could not have figured out on my own.

 

Like Paul said, this certainly changes how I look at players. I'm so glad each skill is not a guess game anymore.


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I've been wondering this for a while. If a winger has a high faceoff rating can they perform just as well as a centerman as they can on the wing or would there be a performance penalty for playing a different position?


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I'd say yes, a winger with high faceoff value could play center role just like centers with poor faceoff skill play winger.

Sometimes I wish the position was more flexible. Instead of having strictly categorized forwards and centers and whatnot, there could be "Center/Forward" combos, or let's get even more wild, "Forward/Defender" where the first one is the primary role, but the player can perform equally well in another. Perhaps this secondary role could be something what a player can learn along the way? This in case there actually is some penalty for playing off position because I've never noticed any. Some of my best wingers have been centers.


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