It's no secret that's this game has a ton of flaws that have been beaten to death by this community. Yes we get it, puck pickups are trash, animations are weird and whatnot, but the game has some cool new features like the RVH for goalies and the defensive skill stick. However, I'm not talking about the features we have, I'm gonna talk about why I personally believe the EANHL series is on the upswing in the next few installments. With the announcement of the EANHL Championship tournament, it's a 100% sign that the game is heading towards an Esports atmosphere game rather than the "sit on the couch with your buddies offline" game it is now. EA knows the game has to be better to be better if they want to be well respected in the esports scene. One major change that I think is coming is the servers, and I pray this is the first thing they change. I used to be the guy who pretty much believed all bad connection was user-based, but it's very clear that the servers are bad. I they want to have major online tournaments, they know they need reliable servers. I fully expect that the servers will be alot better HOPEFULLY in NHL19 but if not NHL20 is possible. Next isn't really mandatory, but frostbite engine. When these current next-gen graphics made their debut in NHL15, they looked SICK. However, now it just looks bad, and I thought they would've switched over in NHL18 but guess not. With a lack of NHL19 news or teases, I think we could be looking at a game with the Frostbite engine. Obviously this isn't absolutely necessary, but is needed soon. I'm just gonna clump all the in-game shenanigans into one paragraph here, but the "seamless" puck pickups, and weird animations need to go. The game doesn't function properly with the chaos. Also the general speed needs to be ramped up, it's too slow. I feel like I never have energy left with my players because I'm always holding down sprint because my guy is so damn slow. I just think that the fact EANHL is getting involved into esports, the game will become better just simply because there's no other option, they know they can't leave it the way it is. Anyways, I would like to hear what you LGers think.