EA's NHL series has always been one of my favorites but it's had a rough transition to the current generation of hardware. EA finally got it mostly right with NHL 16 last year but I'm hoping NHL 17 is the game to the series of the sports game world.
So far it looks like they are doing the right things as the first gameplay footage from the game looks promising. I'm looking forward to seeing how the new deke controls work as that's always been a problem for me in previous games. It also looks like the goaltenders are getting a major upgrade according to the official notes about what's new in the series. With NHL devo camps under way (or already complete) the NHL season and NHL 17 are just around the corner.