Tomorrow night will conclude the first round of the NHL's Stanley Cup playoffs with Game 7 of the Nashville Predators vs. Anaheim Ducks series, but it will also begin the second round, kicking off with the New York Islanders taking on the Tampa Bay Lightning. Even in the midst of the most exciting period of the hockey season, EA Canada is already looking ahead to next year. The voting process to determine which player will be on the cover of NHL 17
is now underway and features a choice of eight players from the league.
As part of the three-round voting competition, fans can go to either NHL.com
or take to Twitter to vote for the player who they feel is most deserving. For voters on Twitter, using a player's individual hashtag on Thursdays also counts as double.
Here are the first-round voting match-ups, including the eight eligible players, their NHL team, and their special Twitter hashtag: Joe Pavelski (San Jose Sharks) #NHL17Pavelski vs. Anze Kopitar (Los Angeles Kings) #NHL17Kopitar
Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) #NHL17Barkov vs. Jamie Benn (Dallas Stars) #NHL17Benn
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) #NHL17McDavid vs. Jakub Voracek (Philadelphia Flyers) #NHL17Voracek
Vladimir Tarasenko (St. Louis Blues) #NHL17Tarasenko vs. Victor Hedman (Tampa Bay Lightning) #NHL17Hedman
EA has also released the first trailer for NHL 17
, which highlights the work being done to further tune the gameplay and add more customizable options. Although this observation isn't an actual confirmed feature, I'd like to point out the 0:47 mark of the video where you'll find a Be a GM screen set to the Vancouver Canucks. What sticks out the most is the inclusion of far more budgets than just the player Salary Cap. This could be hinting at the return of more in-depth financial control of the franchise that doesn't necessarily translate to hockey operations, such as concession prices. The very next screen then displays other potential hockey markets, which could suggest the player's ability to move the franchise, whether they want to or are forced to do so.
is set as "coming soon" to Xbox One.