No matter what, I find myself returning to NHL 09. Now that NHL 10 is 2 weeks away, I still find myself playing NHL 09 more than ever. That's a testament to a truly great game. It's great that you can play through one game in 20 minutes. I don't have a shit load of time to spend hours upon hours, so a game that I can play in short spurts is great.
I hope the next one doesn't have the online issues the last one did.
The OG had a pretty good team- but I got sick of playing because of all the bullshit problems when trying to get games going.