NHL 22 Be A Pro: Best Archetypes to Use per Position

See which of NHL 22’s Archetypes can help to give you a head start in Be A Pro Career.


Be A Pro Career offers you an extensive range of options to customise and build your own forward, defenseman, or goaltender. A part of the initial build is selecting your Archetype, which dictates the type of player that the coach expects you to be on the ice.

Each Archetype offers a different set of strengths and weaknesses, meaning that you can play the way that suits you the best. However, some are easier to take to in NHL 22 than others, so here, we’ve selected the best Archetypes to use depending on your position of choice.


Best Archetypes for a center in Be A Pro

It likely won’t come as a surprise that the Playmaker Archetype is one of the best for a center in Be A Pro. It’s a prevalent player type among the highest-rated skaters in NHL 22 and allows your build to maximise the key attributes that lead to scoring points.

With five bars for puck control and passing, and as a center, you’ll become the driver of the offence, picking up the puck and feeding it to the wings. Better still, this Archetype leans heavily into its speed, which is always a huge benefit in NHL 22.

With the Two-Way Archetype, you’ll be able to accumulate worthwhile experience at both ends of the ice, with stick checking and shot-blocking in the defensive end being straightforward ways of improving your player. Of course, you’ll also be invited to play passes and take shots.

The high defensive and offensive awareness ratings will certainly help to keep your player in their most useful positions on the ice. What is puzzling, however, is faceoffs being listed as a weakness when duels are invariably a strength of two-way centers. That said, it’s at three bars, but will need to be a focus of your point spending. 


As examples of top players in these best center Be A Pro Archetypes, Connor McDavid is the best of the Playmaker Archetypes, while Ryan O’Reilly is one of the most potent of the Two-Way Archetypes.

Best Archetype for a winger in Be A Pro

It’s tough to argue with the Sniper Archetype being the best, or at least, the most enjoyable to use in Be A Pro Career on NHL 22, with it being all about speed and scoring. The high speed bar automatically gives a Sniper the edge down the flank, but it’s all about utilising the shooting power and accuracy.

The fact that you’ll be expected to shoot almost every time that you get the puck in the offensive end makes the job of using this Archetype relatively simple. However, you will need to produce the goals early and often, so be sure to increase your speed if you trust your stick work, or shooting attributes if you prefer one-timers.


While sometimes played at center, when he’s deployed on the left wing, Leon Draisaitl stands as the best Sniper Archetype winger in NHL 22.

Best Archetype for a defenseman in Be A Pro

While the glut of the top-rated defensemen in NHL 22 are of the Two-Way Archetype, in Be A Pro, it’s much easier to make big plays and be correct positionally after selecting the Offensive Archetype. Not only do you get an edge in the offensive end, but you’ll also have a speed boost to help when tracking back.

The Offensive Archetype has very high ratings for passing and puck control, allowing you to be effective when launching attacks and as a part of the set-up in the offensive zone. Even though some key defensive attributes like strength and body checking are lacking, the speed and acceleration more than compensate.

Cale Makar stands as the highest-rated defenseman of the Offensive Archetype in NHL 22.

Best Archetype for a goaltender in Be A Pro

The natural choice for a goaltender in NHL 22 is the Hybrid Archetype, with just about every single goalie in the game being of the Hybrid type. It offers the balance that’s needed to be strong against all shot attempts, and as you control the goalie, provided that you move across the crease well, you’ll have a good foundation.

However, one of the most difficult targets to cover is high stick, so it can be good to select Hybrid as your Archetype and then focus on improving at stick high and even glove high. As one of the easiest ways to learn the position is to utilise the Hug Post VH controls, which covers the low-to-mid areas very well.

All of Andrei Vasilevskiy, Connor Hellebuyck, and Carey Price are of the Hybrid Archetype in NHL 22.

Be sure to choose the Archetype that suits your style

Naturally, if you want to play a different way in NHL 22, the best Archetype is the one that reflects your preferences. If you want to be a stay-at-home defenseman, select the Defensive Archetype, or if you’d rather throw your body around and work the dirty areas, opt for the Power Archetype.

Those selected above lend themselves as the more user-friendly Archetypes to select and use, allowing you to do the right things on the ice and level-up with ease.


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