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Player Templates

Player Templates are one of the key building blocks in FHM's player model. Among other things, they influence how a newly-generated player's attributes are arranged, how their skills tend to develop, what roles the AI uses the player in, and how the player sees himself.

Invisible during normal play, they are editable in the player's Edit screen. Changing the template can have a significant effect on how a player performs in the game, so use caution when changing them.

The skater templates are divided up by position, physical play tendency, and offensive/defensive tendency. Offense-oriented forwards are subdivided a little further by their preference for shooting or playmaking. Goalie templates have their own divisions, by style and puckhandling ability.

The key thing to remember about the offensive/two-way/defensive choice: the offensive and defensive options imply a weakness in the opposite area; that should be reflected in his individual attributes (and for players that are still developing, a template like that will tend to improve attributes in the favoured area.) Two-way profiles are best used for the players who are not notably weaker in one part of their game than the other.

A rough guideline for non-physical/physical: physical is for guys who average roughly 1.2 or more PIM per game, technical for 0.4 or fewer. There's a lot of gray area at the fringes, but guys with a lot of penalty minutes should never wind up with a technical template, or vice-versa - remember, a physical template isn't appropriate for a guy who hits a lot but takes very few penalties and doesn't fight. If in doubt, it's probably best to use the "neutral" version of the template that doesn't specify physical or non-physical.

Player Template Descriptions and Examples

Defenceman, Offensive, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented offensive defencemen.
Examples - Brian Leetch, Erik Karlsson, Cam Fowler

Defenceman, Two-Way, Non-Physical
Finesse defencemen who are good at both ends of the ice.
Examples - Nicklas Lidstrom, Alex Pietrangelo, Brent Seabrook

Defenceman, Defensive, Non-Physical
Stay-at-home defencemen who, while good defensively, aren't particularly aggressive.
Examples - Ken Morrow, Karl Alzner, Chris Tanev

Defenceman, Offensive
Defencemen who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, and whose contributions are primarily offensive.
Examples - Paul Coffey, Mike Green, P.K. Subban

Defenceman, Two-Way
Defencemen who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, and are capable both offensively and defensively.
Examples - Ray Bourque, Ryan Suter, Aaron Ekblad

Defenceman, Defensive
Stay-at-home defencemen who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft.
Examples - Marc Staal, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Marc Methot

Defenceman, Offensive, Physical
Tough defencemen who make primarily offensive contributions.
Examples - Al Iafrate, Reed Larson, Dustin Byfuglien

Defenceman, Two-Way, Physical
Tough defencemen who have something to offer both offensively and defensively.
Examples - Chris Chelios, Zdeno Chara, Kevin Bieksa

Defenceman, Defensive, Physical
Tough, stay-at-home defencemen who have enough skill that they don't fall into the "enforcer" category.
Examples - Ken Daneyko, Brooks Orpik, Clayton Stoner

Defenceman, Enforcer
Goon defencemen. Mainly an artifact of the 70's/early 80's; they started to disappear as the game opened up and it became too risky to have a guy with no skill playing D.
Examples - Jack McIlhargey, Randy Holt, Wade Belak

Centre, Playmaker, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented pass-first centres whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, Henrik Sedin

Centre, Offense-Oriented, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented centres who are adept at both scoring and playmaking, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Marcel Dionne, Jack Eichel, Tyler Seguin

Centre, Goalscorer, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented centres who tend to shoot first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive. Fairly rare.
Examples - Joe Nieuwendyk, Paul Gardner, Yanic Perreault

Centre, Two-Way, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented centres who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Dave Keon, Henrik Zetterberg, Bo Horvat

Centre, Checking, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented centres who are primarily checkers.
Examples - Doug Jarvis, Manny Malhotra, Marcus Kruger

Centre, Playmaker
Centres who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, tend to pass first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Dale Hawerchuk, Joe Thornton, Ryan Getzlaf

Centre, Offense-Oriented
Centres who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, are both scorers and playmakers, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Mario Lemieux, Sidney Crosby, John Tavares

Centre, Goalscorer
Centres who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, tend to shoot rather than pass, and whose contributions are mainly offensive. Rare.
Examples - Garry Unger, Steve Stamkos

Centre, Two-Way
Centres who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft but who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Ryan Kesler, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron

Centre, Checking
Centres who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft and are primarily checkers.
Examples - Dave Hannan, Kris Draper, Jay Beagle

Centre, Playmaker, Physical
Tough centres who tend to pass first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Ken Linseman, Terry Ruskowski, Dennis Hextall.

Centre, Offense-Oriented, Physical
Tough centres who are both playmakers and scorers, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Keith Primeau, Eric Lindros.

Centre, Goalscorer, Physical
Tough centres who tend to shoot rather than pass, and whose contributions are mainly offensive. Very rare.
Examples - Tough to think of any. Maybe Pete Stemkowski.

Centre, Two-Way, Physical
Tough centres who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Bobby Clarke, Derek Sanderson, Dale Hunter.

Centre, Checking, Physical
Tough centres who are primarily checkers. Distinct from goons because of their defensive skill.
Examples - Kevin McClelland, Brian Skrudland, Forbes Kennedy.

Centre, Enforcer
Centres with no redeeming skills other than fighting ability.
Examples - Zenon Konopka, Craig Coxe, P.J. Stock.

Winger, Playmaker, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented pass-first wingers whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Martin St. Louis, Patrick Kane, Marcus Johansson.

Winger, Offense-Oriented, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented wingers who are adept at both scoring and playmaming, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Guy Lafleur, Daniel Sedin, Johnny Gaudreau.

Winger, Goalscorer, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented wingers who tend to shoot first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive. Fairly rare.
Examples - Mike Bossy, Phil Kessel, Patrik Laine.

Winger, Two-Way, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented wingers who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Jari Kurri, Marian Hossa, Loui Eriksson.

Winger, Checking, Non-Physical
Finesse-oriented wingers who are primarily checkers.
Examples - Dave Reid, Jan Erixon, Patrick Eaves.

Winger, Playmaker
Wingers who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, tend to pass first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Mark Recchi, Sergei Makarov, Jakub Voracek.

Winger, Offense-Oriented
Wingers who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, are both scorers and playmakers, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Ryan Smyth, Jarome Iginla, Jamie Benn.

Winger, Goalscorer
Wingers who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft, tend to shoot rather than pass, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Mike Gartner, Alex Ovechkin, Vladimir Tarasenko.

Winger, Two-Way
Wingers who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft but who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Trevor Linden, Zach Parise, Brendan Gallagher

Winger, Checking
Wingers who don't really stand out as being either particularly tough or soft and are primarily checkers.
Examples - Travis Moen, Jerry Butler, Dave Lowry.

Winger, Playmaker, Physical
Tough wingers who tend to pass first, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Terry O'Reilly, Paul Holmgren, Matthew Tkachuk.

Winger, Offense-Oriented, Physical
Tough wingers who are both playmakers and scorers, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Keith Tkachuk, Brian Sutter, Chris Kreider.

Winger, Goalscorer, Physical
Tough wingers who tend to shoot rather than pass, and whose contributions are mainly offensive.
Examples - Cam Neely, Wendel Clark, Corey Perry.

Winger, Two-Way, Physical
Tough wingers who demonstrate significant offensive and defensive skill.
Examples - Brendan Shanahan, Brad Marchand, David Backes.

Winger, Checking, Physical
Tough centres who are primarily checkers. Distinct from goons because of their defensive skill.
Examples - B.J. Crombeen, Brandon Prust, Kyle Clifford.

Winger, Enforcer
Wingers with no redeeming skills other than fighting ability.
Examples - Jimmy Mann, Krzysztof Oliwa, Cody McLeod.

Goaltender, Standup, Puckhandler
Goalies who play a standup style, rare after the mid-80's but predominant before that, and are good at handling the puck outside the net.
Examples - Gerry Cheevers, Jacques Plante, Bill Ranford.

Goaltender, Hybrid, Puckhandler
Goalies who play some adaptation of the other two styles or have an undefinable style, and are good at handling the puck outside the net.
Exmamples - Martin Brodeur, Grant Fuhr, Pekka Rinne.

Goaltender, Butterfly, Puckhandler
Goalies who play a modern, Roy/Allaire-influenced butterfly style (and the occasional rare oldtimer who played that way), and are good at handling the puck outside the net.
Examples - Patrick Roy, Carey Price, Tony Esposito.

Goaltender, Standup
Goalies who play a standup style, rare after the mid-80's but predominant before that, and aren't good at handling the puck outside the net.
Examples - Kirk McLean, Terry Sawchuk, Mike Liut.

Goaltender, Hybrid
Goalies who play some adaptation of the other two styles or have an undefinable style, and aren't good at handling the puck outside the net.
Examples - Dominik Hasek, Ryan Miller, Devan Dubnyk.

Goaltender, Butterfly
Goalies who play a modern, Roy/Allaire-influenced butterfly style (and the occasional rare oldtimer who played that way), and aren't good at handling the puck outside the net.
Examples - Roberto Luongo, Glenn Hall, Tuukka Rask.

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