The massive database of over 32,000 players & staff and also over 3,000 teams is not something that can be sniffed at. And it is clear that a lot of thought has gone into the game so as not to disappoint the legions of loyal Ice Hockey fans.
NHL Eastside Hockey Manager 2005 is a step into a right direction after the unfinished feeling given by first game. However, it still needs more polishing before it can become a classic manager game like "Football Manager." [August 2005, p.69]