Surprised there was no thread.
My thoughts on the demo:
First of all; loving it. The new features really are great strides in the right direction.
Stick lift nerf a bit exaggerated. It is absolutely useless now.
Hitting power inconsistency. I feel hitting power has more effect in the slot than on other places of the rink. A huge hit at the blue line might not always get an accurate physical outcome, but a smaller bump in the slot can destroy a player. If I'm right it's probably intentional but I don't think the outcome's very good.
Shooting and scoring. Yes, I'm scoring a not insignificant portion of my goals high short side. I don't get the hate on that alone, however, as I*m in the slot and doing it with snipers. In comparison the one timer's too ineffective, however. The one timer has been nerfed by making pass interceptions more effective and realistic. No more passing through three player. Awesome. But it should have stopped there. Now when you do set up a one timer once in a while you often see them go wide even if the shooter is not skating that fast, or there is an obviously (very) boosted goalie reaction just because it's a one timer. The animation is almost as if the goalie's teleported. As if there's only two pictures used: One of him standing up and then one of him lying down making the soccer save. Unrealistic and overnerfing of that play. It's a real hockey play, and with the new passing interception it only happens if the lane is there and the pass is good. That was enough adjustment, it should've stopped there.
Slapshots. Too often going wide from the blue line and in general in my opinion. Even if the shooting player's not skating very fast.
Trafic/screens. Supposed to be a good thing, but it seems not many pucks at all get through trafic. I'm yet to score with a defenseman from the blue line.
Other than that I'm loving it. The overall feel and look of the game is just awesome. Big ups.
Oh and Be a GM Connected should have every opportunity to become one of the best multiplayer experiences ever.