The 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs are being widely covered on television in the United States thanks to NBC, NBC Sports Network and partner station CNBC.
Among the cast of analysts include former NHL players Keith Jones, Mike Millbury and Jeremy Roenick. The combination of hockey knowledge and made-for-TV personalities is tough to come by, but there are many players who we might see in the broadcasting booth eventually.
Skill and leadership are valuable assets for an NHL player to take to a booth where he'll be breaking down plays.
Thomas is an exciting personality who is candid and entertaining in interviews. That makes him good for watching on television.
It's hard to find a hockey fan (outside of Edmonton) that does not like Iginla. Well-liked personalities do well in the entertainment world.
Kane is a very creative individual (see his shootout performance at the 2012 All-Star Game Skills Competition). It's always interesting to see what he'll come up with next.
One of the most complete hockey players in the world has knowledge in all aspects of the game.
Why Carcillo? Because a ton of hockey fans grew a hatred for him after his time in Philadelphia. That, combined with his on-ice personality make him a great person to watch.
One of the best defenseman of all time is sure to have some quality advice and perspective on whatever is taking place on the ice.
His English is not very good, but Datsyuk's hockey sense and knowledge would be a goldmine for Russian TV.
Hall shows signs of being a captain type of player in the future. He would be a strong presence as an analyst.
On the side of entertainment, how do you not hire a guy who injured himself while eating pancakes?
Part of being a good television personality is presenting yourself in a manner that draws positive attention. Price knows how to perform on the spot (see his work in the 2012 All-Star Game Skills Competition).
One of the best in the game, he can explain how defensemen succeed offensively and defensively.
Living legends are always worth saving a spot for.
He might not be able to tell you what the goaltender did wrong on the scoring plays, but he could probably find a point in his career when he did the same exact thing.
John Tortorella's captain knows a thing or two about playing fired-up hockey.
At this point, Alfredsson could probably get any job in Ottawa if he wanted it. He's a very respected personality in that area and could definitely score a job there.
Jagr knows a lot about offense, having won five Art Ross Trophies in his career.
"Lappy" is an interesting character who already uses his Twitter account to comment on hockey topics.
Bryzgalov deserves his own television series.
Pronger always has something interesting to say to the media. Ridicule of co-hosts would certainly ensue if he were ever in a commentary booth.
Doan is the face of hockey in Phoenix. If hockey stays in Phoenix, there's no reason why he couldn't be part of the local broadcast.
Bissonnette is a creative individual who is used to sitting in the press box. His fourth-line experience and wild personality makes him a prime candidate for television.
An excellent playmaker, Crosby can probably break down plays before they even happen. Additionally, widespread dislike of Pittsburgh's captain would create greater viewer reaction.
Lecavalier has experience across a wide array of areas including the Stanley Cup Finals and the Olympics.
It's hard to fine someone who does not like Selanne and would not like hearing what he has to say about the game's action.