i have never been a fan of the 2k hockey games but i figured maybe this year would be different, sadly it isn't. while the core gameplay is solid, the graphics feel slightly less stellar than they should be. the controls at times can feel sluggish. the one plus side is that you can drive the Zamboni (who doesn't wanna drive that) but a major downside for me is the lack of the AHL teams.
EA NHL10 is a much better alternative to this, since it has much better graphics, controls, and has AHL teams and be a pro mode.
The graphics in 2K10 are great, and the players unique motions are captured very well, but the defensive controls are just a mess. Switching from player to player is very confusing and always seems a second behind. The opposing team gets far too many breakaways, and the goalie AI is terrible, even on the highest rated goalies. The offensive controls are not bad, and offer simple to advanced options. It's worth keeping for a few days to fiddle with the create a player and create a team options, which have been improved, but after you get 10 goals scored on you enough times, the frustration sets in and you'll be sealing it up and heading to the mailbox pretty quick.