NHL 36 premiered in December on the Versus network (now known as NBC Sports Network). The premise of the show was beautiful in its simplicity, follow an NHL player around for 36 hours and film him. That it was being produced by the same group that presented the NHL 24/7 series, which was based around the Winter Classic made the concept even more compelling.
The first episode featured Patrick Kane of the Chicago Blackhawks, while subsequent episodes took behind the scenes looks at Nicklas Lidstrom, Mike Richards, Patrice Bergeron and James Neal.
The concept and execution of the show are appealing and got us thinking, who else would we like to see on NHL 36? What players and what situations could make the show interesting and "must see" television?
What follows are some of the players we feel should be included in future episodes of the program.
Mike Knuble has been around the league for a long time, racking up more than 1000 games since making his NHL debut with the Detroit Red Wings in 1996-97.
Since Dale Hunter took over behind the bench in Washington, Knuble has found himself as a healthy scratch for a few games. It would be interesting to see how a veteran player deals with the fact that his place in the lineup seems to be uncertain on a game to game basis.
Another aspect that would be interesting when it comes to Knuble is watching how he and the team deal with the fact that after easily walking into the playoffs over the last few years they are not guaranteed a spot in this year's dance.
Much like Mike Knuble, Ryan Suter is in a situation that would make an episode of NHL 36 very interesting.
The Predators and Suter are both facing an uncertain summer as the team's financial situation will most likely force them to make some changes in the offseason, with one of those possible changes being the end of Suter's run with the Predators.
It would be something special to follow Suter as the team's season ticks down. The payoff would double, we would get to see a team either winning the Stanley Cup or falling short, as well as a look at how a star player that is set to become an unrestricted free agent deals with the situation he is in.
If you missed Philadelphia Flyers goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov on the most recent edition of 24/7, well, you missed out, as he delivered some of the finest moments the show has ever seen.
NHL 36 wouldn't need to follow Bryzgalov before a game, in fact an all Bryzgalov edition may be better without having a game involved at all. An "All Bryz, Only Bryz" version of NHL 36 would be a surefire winner and would set the bar very high for every episode that followed.
Rick DiPietro has not played a game for the NY Islanders since early December. In fact, over the last four seasons he has payed less than 50 games for the team.
It would be very interesting to get a look at what goes on in the life of DiPietro and how he honestly deals with an injury-plagued career.
It would be great to watch how the two goaltenders for the St. Louis Blues interact with each other as the team heads down the stretch.
Sooner or later the team will need to pick which goalie will carry the load for the team in the playoffs, watching that unfold and how the players and their teammates handle it would make for some very compelling viewing.
Fans have a love/hate relationship with fighters and at this point in the season the Bruins Shawn Thornton leads the NHL with 19 fights, so he would be a perfect player to focus on.
Thornton is one of those players that is loved by the fans of the team he plays for, but hated by just about everyone else. Getting a look inside the mind of a player that may be called upon to scrap in any game would be something many fans would tune in for. If the scheduled allowed, the production team would be well served to try and line the filming up around a team that the Bruins and Thornton have a somewhat violent history with.
Another reason to focus on Thornton is the fact that he is good for a quote, as the website, "Things Shawn Thornton Has Said" documents.
Teemu Selanne has made no mention of impending retirement, but at 41 years of age, he is most likely nearing the end of his NHL career.
Selanne is currently playing on a one-year deal with the Anaheim Ducks and reports from last summer had him contemplating retirement then. He eventually signed that one year deal in September. He's had a solid year with the Ducks, putting up 62 points in the 74 games he has played this season, but the fact remains that this could very well be his final NHL season.
To have the cameras of NHL 36 follow Selanne around over the last few hours of the Ducks' season would be very interesting, giving an inside glimpse of a future Hall of Fame player that may very well be playing his final games.
Well, at least two of the Staal brothers. If NHL 36 could film the time leading up to one of the meetings between the brothers it would be a win for the league and the viewers.
If the cameras could also capture the family dynamic leading up to and following the meeting of the brothers in a game environment it would add another interesting angle to the show.
Even more interesting would be if the schedule lined up so that the show could get all three brothers involved. Seeing how they and the family deal with the competition would be something many fans would love to see.
Paul Bissonnette is one of the most followed NHL players on Twitter with more than 240,000 followers.
His quick wit and amusing tweets make him a fan favorite, putting a camera on the man that goes by the handle "BizNasty2point0" would have a lot of NHL fans tuning in to find out what makes this character tick.
The Boston Bruins goaltender has had some interesting moments this season, among them refusing to travel with the team to the White House and having rumors spread about his interaction with his teammates.
Thomas has also offered his feelings on the political goings on in the United States, so it would make some great television if the show could be filmed around the 2012 presidential election.
As the 2012 NHL season winds down the future of the Phoenix Coyotes is uncertain. Will the team play in Phoenix in 2013 or will they have a new home? At this point, no one knows.
One thing that we all know about the team is that Shane Doan is the face of the franchise and has been a good solider for that franchise for many years. If NHL 36 could follow him through the last 36 hours of his season with the team this year it would make for some emotional television.