The Stanley Cup playoffs are well under way, and hockey fans have only just recently been treated to news that many of the axed game modes from NHL 15 will be returning in this year’s NHL 16. With an official unveiling of the game now imminent, we can’t help but wonder which professional, puck paddling athlete will be gracing the cover of the new title.
With an ample amount of talent currently found across the entirety of the National Hockey League, it’s nearly impossible to determine which players will be considered for the cover spot. That said, we’ve compiled a list of 5 potential all-stars that are definitely in contention.
It’s likely that fans will once again be able to vote for which hockey player will be appearing on the cover. Still, we can’t help but think that these athletes have the best shot at making it. With that in mind, here’s our list of the top 5 candidates for the cover of NHL 16.
Pavel Datsyuk – Detroit Red Wings
Known for having some of the best puck handling skills in the league, if not history, Datsyuk has locked himself in as a future hall of famer. The Detroit Red Wings veteran has never played for another NHL team during his entire career, which means he’s been a Red Wing for a whopping 17 years. Currently boasting two Stanley Cup wins, it’s almost shocking that the longtime Detroit forward has yet to appear on the cover of any NHL title.
There are a number of up-and-comers that have been making a bigger impact in “the show” as of late, but Datsyuk is a legacy player that still manages to outplay some of the best and brightest in the league on a regular basis. Despite being in his mid-thirties, it’s his continued display of pure skill that makes the Russian hockey star an easy contender for the cover.