One of the single most frustrating things on the gameplay side of NHL 17 are the puck pickups. As improved as this year’s gameplay is, being able to pick up the puck effectively and smoothly is still hit or miss. The issue comes up annually and still hasn’t improved over the last two or three editions. Gameplay this year has been hampered by the inability to play loose pucks. This is one of the biggest fixes needed in time for NHL 18’s release.
NHL 17 HUT is fairly mundane. While the additions to HUT throughout the year have been good, the only constant has been the special HUT packs. Instead of focusing on constantly selling packs, the NHL developer team needs to worry about giving the game depth. No NHL game in the last half-decade has had depth and playability. If NHL 18 includes offline features such as Solo Challenges (from Madden), it will have a much lengthier shelf life.