It make you wonder- the controls are as complex as they could ever get, there's full match commentary, the AI's wonderful, and you can either play a manager, a single athlete or take the whole game online and have every player controlled by a human being. Where can they go from here?
+ Huge roster of game modes
+ Easy to learn, blindingly hard to master control scheme
+ A suitable step-up from NHL 08
- Abysmally lacking in tutorials
- Frame rate gets choppy during cutscenes