NHL 22: Which skills should you pick first for Be a Pro?

The best skills to start off your NHL career.

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After you’ve made your character in NHL 22’s Be a Pro career mode, you’ll be faced with your first major customization decision: skill trees. Skill trees will be familiar for anyone who’s played recent NHL games. They help add an RPG-esque element to Be a Pro, letting you tweak your character’s attributes however you want. You have to spend TP in order to unlock skills, so choosing wisely at the beginning of the mode is important. Here are the skills we think should be your top priorities when starting Be a Pro.

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Defensive Genius:

Defensive Genius is an incredibly useful skill. It upgrades your Defensive Awareness, Shot Blocking, and Stick Checking. Even if your playstyle is geared more towards offense, a boost to these attributes will definitely come in handy.


Sensational is the starting node in the Senses skill tree, and upgrades attributes relevant to your senses: Discipline, Offensive Awareness, and Poise. Its boost to Discipline is especially important when starting Be a Pro, as it determines how likely you are to take penalties.


Marksman is one of two Shooting skill trees, and while Cannon Shot’s boost to Shot Power is great, Marksman is the better tree to invest in first as it boosts accuracy for both Wrist Shots and Slap Shots. After acquiring Marksman Lvl 1, Wrist Shots and Slap Shots separate into different branches, letting you prioritize accuracy upgrades depending on your playstyle.

Balance Lvl 1:

The first dedicated skill to boosting your Balance attribute is locked until purchasing Power Skater. Power Skater affects everything related to your skating, from Acceleration and Speed to Agility and Endurance. Balance is the first skill to focus on when it’s made available, as it affects how resistant you are to being knocked over after being hit.

Passing Lvl 1:

Passing affects the accuracy of your passes. It’s only available after unlocking the first node in the Pass Master skill tree. You’ll be passing to your teammates frequently no matter your position on the ice, so ensuring that your passes are as accurate as possible is a must.