05 Jul 2021 8:16 PM +00:00

What HUT players want to see in NHL 22

NHL 22 HUT players are looking for some key updates and features to the game mode once the game launches.

If EA wants to continue to grow its online platform, adding in just one of these features will convince players that EA is indeed listening.

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Here's how NHL 22 can make HUT better than ever!

Bring Incentives to Peer vs. Peer HUT play

One of the most outstanding complaints facing NHL 22's Hockey Ultimate Team is the lack of rewards for peer vs. peer games. As it stands, if you decide to play against your friend's Hockey Ultimate Team, you get nothing when the game concludes.

Ryan Suter, Minnesota Wild Defenseman, takes a shot on goal
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HE SHOOTS: Ryan Suter takes a shot on goal against the Montreal Canadiens

Since players are buying cards every week online NHL 22 needs to do a better job rewarding their players for incorporating their friends.

With something as simple as rewards for peer vs. peer games in Hockey Ultimate Team, EA could take a leap in player retention in NHL 22.


HUT cards should be tweaked in NHL 22

There are plenty of problems surrounding purchasing cards in NHL 21, like the inability to buy more than two packs in 24 hours. However, NHL 22 could make cards exciting again by giving players a chance to level up all cards to 99, providing they use them in games.

EA could make players even happier by creating a "stat tracker", that way players can tell just how well a card is performing.

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Adjust the "Hit-Deflection Bubble" & "Self-Sauce Glitch"

Anyone who plays NHL 21, likely has run into a time in which they checked an opponent but due to the timing of "hit-deflection", the check failed. To be fair, there are ways to defend yourself from a check in hockey but protecting the puck doesn't always mean protecting your body.

Another of these glitches comes in the form of the "self-sauce glitch", a glitch there are countless videos on of players exploiting an in-game malfunction.

Golden Knights Goalie, Marc Andre Fleury waits in goal, preparing for a shot.
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With just a little bit of tweaking EA can help NHL 22 become a better game, not just for Hockey Ultimate Team players, but all NHL 22 players.


With the Stanley Cup Finals currently taking the sports world by storm, many players are hoping for a commercial with a trailer for NHL 22.

Tampa Bay Lightning players line up and prepare for a puck drop
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The EA Play Live Event happens on July 22, so if we don't see anything announced during the Finals, we could potentially see a reveal during the event.

Next-Gen Gameplay

With updates to current generation consoles and the release of next-gen consoles, we expect NHL 22 will be a visually captivating game on all platforms.

Next-gen consoles have stunning graphics cards in them already from the factory, giving EA the opportunity to create an incredible visual experience in NHL 22. Although we've yet to see a reveal trailer or any footage, EA won't miss their chance to set a new standard.


Release Date

As of today, there has still been no release date set for NHL 22 but we can begin to get excited.

Considering the EA Play Live event will happen in the coming weeks, we could expect a release date reveal as soon as July 22.

EA could also make a major announcement during the Stanley Cup Finals. What better way to get fans excited than making an announcement during the most important game in the NHL?