While skating looks pretty straight forward far as just moving your player around goes, it is definitely a much more complex system than it seems. If you can master NHL 17’s movement/skating you will have a very clear advantage over your opponents.
In my opinion, defense is the most important skill in the NHL series and what will set you apart from the casual player.
People tend to learn how to score effectively before they learn how to play effective defense. In the early levels, it’s very easy to get by on just knowing how to score. Often you’ll play someone who hasn’t grasped scoring yet in which case you’ll easily outscore them and win the game.