Well, I got it today, and I have to say I'm impressed by parts of it, but underwhelmed by the whole. It seems like there are a whole set of problems related to QA and rushing it out the door in time for the season; the UFA lists are wrong, the fantasy draft breaks if you use view filtering, and there are some serious issues with the (otherwise brilliant) 2D match engine, including ridiculous amounts of icing, shots, and penalties in some games (simmed games have realistic totals, but if you coach one, be prepared to regularly have teams with 30+ PIM and 20+ shots/period). There were also licensing issues; a massive amount of player photos (and some real players) are missing, several teams are ID'd only by city, and my beloved Capitals are listed as being from Washington, MI. :icon_eek:
Give it a little more time to simmer; a patch ought to be out Monday fixing the glaring crashes, the UFA lists, and the fantasy drafts. The community ought to have photo packs out soon for the missing players, and when the editor comes out, some of the more questionable player ratings ought to be fixed by a community roster pack. I can't imagine it will be that long until a community member puts out files fixing the team and arena names as well. The 2D match engine is an ongoing concern, however; if they can't fix the suspicious results and the icing AI, this one might not get as much play as the 2005 edition for me.
I guarantee you that this puts me off of SI games for a while, though. This is the second release I've been burned on in a row (OOTP2006 being far, far worse than this).