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.
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.