A few years ago, EA’s NHL series was considered one of the best sports franchises around. It would consistently make key iterations on important features, all while maintaining the style that brought fans out every release day to purchase the game. That all changed last year with the series’ leap to the PS4 and Xbox One, as fans revolted due to the stripped down nature of the product. While the gameplay was the same, and presentation improved drastically, overlooking the exclusion of multiple fan-favorite features is something many could not do. This year feels like the perfect time for EA to make right by their fans. For better or worse, NHL 16 feels like it was created with that goal in mind.