HUT is getting a big upgrade in NHL 17, and ea has detailed some of the ways the mode is improving this year with a recent blog post. The biggest news seems to be the addition of synergy, which will make putting a team together more challenging.

EA has also released a trailer on the subject narrated by Associate Producer Jesse McLean to accompany the blog post, which you can check out up top.

nhl 17 hut synergyThe system will be broken down into two categories, player synergy and team synergy. Player synergies will grant a bonus to players who share that synergy, while team synergies will grant a bonus to the entire team.

nhl 17 hut dynamic setOn the collecting front, NHL 17 is introducing dynamic sets, which will give you rewards like collectibles, coins, packs and elite items as well as new and limited thematic sets. After completing team sets, you’ll receive an elite HUT Hero player. These players are local legends and are exclusive as rewards for completing team sets. EA says they’ll have the full HUT Hero roster closer to launch.

nhl 17 hut trading postThrough the trading post, you’ll also be able to trade in unwanted items for upgrades and various other collectibles. Turning in items will obviously remove them from your collection.

nhl 17 hut item managementFinally, there are also a number of item management improvements coming to the game like a player biography screen, an unowned item filter, and a removal of restrictions on collecting multiple copies of items.

nhl 17 hut miscThere are also a few more miscellaneous changes coming to NHL 17‘s HUT mode, which you can check out below.

  • NHL Points: You will now be able to purchase NHL Points which can be used to open packs in Hockey Ultimate Team. NHL points can only be obtained through real world currency and cannot be earned through in-game rewards, milestones or achievements.
  • Training Items: Hockey Ultimate Team will no longer feature training items, this includes: Change Team, Change Position, Captain Items and Player Boost items.
  • Non-Player Items: All non-player items found in packs will be classified as common items, there will be no longer be rare non-player items in HUT.
  • Standard Packs: Depending on the pack you open; Standard Packs will contain either 10 or 20 items.

Are you excited to see these changes make their way to HUT 17? Let us know in the comments below or on social media, and as always, be sure to stay tuned to SGO for more NHL 17 news.