NHL 21 is here, and with it, a brand new year of Hockey Ultimate Team. There are several new features in HUT this year, as well as some returning ones. One of those returning features is player and team synergies. Synergies are, in a nutshell, chemistries that, if active, give either all cards (for team synergies) or items with that specific synergy (player synergies) a boost.
While synergies are returning to NHL 21, the types of synergies have changed. But what are these different synergies? On October 7, EA Sports, in a HUT Deep Dive article, unveiled which synergies will be in NHL 21. With that said, let’s go over each player and team synergy, plus what each one does and what is the cost for each.
Here are all the player synergies in NHL 21:
|Gladiator||+3 to Body Checking, Defensive Awareness, Slap Show Power, and Strength||4|
|Howitzer||+3 to Agility, Slap Shot Power, Speed, and Wrist Shot Power||6|
|Passing Playmaker||+4 to Passing, Slap Shot Accuracy, and Stick Checking||4|
|Speedster||+4 to Speed and Wrist Shot Power||4|
|Light the Lamp||+3 to Balance, Handeye, Offensive Awareness, and Wrist Shot Accuracy||4|
|Magician||+4 to Agility, Deking, and Puck Control||4|
|Thief||+5 to Faceoffs and Stick Checking||4|
|Wingman||+3 to Acceleration, Passing, and Wrist Shot Accuracy||4|
|Shutdown||+3 to Body Checking, Puck Control, Shot Blocking, and Slap Shot Accuracy||4|
|Workhorse||+3 to Acceleration, Balance, Durability, and Endurance||4|
As far as the team synergies go:
|Balanced||+3 to Defensive Awareness, Deking, Endurance, Puck Control, and Wrist Shot Power||10|
|Barrage||+4 to Aggression, Offensive Awareness, Slap Shot Accuracy, and Slap Shot Power||10|
|Distributor||+3 to Durability, Passing, Puck Control, and Speed||10|
|Heart & Soul||+4 to Balance, Endurance, Faceoffs, and Shot Blocking||10|
|Spark||+4 to Acceleration, Body Checking, Discipline, and Strength||10|
|Swarm||+4 to Agility, Defensive Awareness, Handeye, and Stick Checking||8|
Here’s a breakdown of each player and team synergy, in chart form:
Notes on HUT Synergies
Keep in mind that in order to take advantage of a synergy, it must be activated. In order to activate a synergy, you need to pick up HUT player cards that have a specific synergy. Each player item has a cost, and this cost is indicated by the number that is next to the synergy in the Player Bio section. If the number next to a synergy is 1, for example, than that card adds one point to the cost. Put multiple players with the same synergy together, and you will be able to activate it once you meet the cost requirement.