Choose Your EA Sports NHL 13 Cover Player: Derek Roy, Thomas Vanek, Jason Pominville Or Ryan Miller?

TORONTO, CANADA - DECEMBER 22: Jason Pominville #29 and Thomas Vanek #26 of the Buffalo Sabres celebrate Jason Pominville goal against the Toronto Maple Leafs during NHL action at The Air Canada Centre December 22, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages/Getty Images)

EA Sports is opening the opportunity of a lifetime for fans. Actually, it's not that exciting, but here it goes: they want people to vote and decide who will grace the cover of NHL 13. Each club will have two representatives to select from, as a total of 60 players will be available.

Starting with 60, the number will shrink down to 32 by April 12 and the final 16 will be decided by June 4. The winner, may it be someone from the Buffalo Sabres, will be announced at the NHL Awards Show. There is no limit on the voting and all of the other relevant information can be found here.

With that out of the way, let's look at Buffalo's two options. It's between Derek Roy and Thomas Vanek. Not only do we want you to vote for them, but we want to hear who you would opt for if there were more logical options at hand. As the club's most valuable player up to now, Jason Pominville deserves mentioning. Ryan Miller's play after the All-Star break has been nothing short of spectacular. Then again, the last goalie to be on the cover was John Vanbiesbrouck, so it's a tough one to crack for netminders. The way I see it, nobody else warrants inclusion if we are looking at the entire season. Otherwise, Drew Stafford, Tyler Ennis and Marcus Foligno would be up for grabs too due to their recent offensive explosions.

But don't take it personally, because there are more absurd choices out there. Let's look at some of the more humorous ones and why we might vote for them.

Boston Bruins (Tuukka Rask): Would like to see a goalie and the bench on the cover for once.

Montreal Canadiens (Tomas Plekanec and P.K. Subban): Would summarize Montreal's erroneous season.

New York Islanders (Michael Grabner): Would present sophomore slumps as something positive.

Tampa Bay Lightning (Victor Hedman): Would steal some of John Tavares' limelight as the first overall pick in the 2009 Entry Draft.

Toronto Maple Leafs (Tyler Bozak): Would prove that winning some form of competition is possible in Toronto.

Columbus Blue Jackets (R.J. Umberger and Ryan Johansen): Would allow citizens of Columbus to forget their club's 2011-2012 record.

Vancouver Canucks (Alexandre Burrows): Would have to include the other Vancouver nominee, Henrik Sedin, with him. Lets face it, Burrows owes as much of his success to his line-mate as he does to himself.

Calgary Flames (Mikael Backlund and Matt Stajan): Would make customers believe they were the victims of a prank that lacked creativity.

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