The recent release of NHL 13 has sent fans of sports video games into a frenzy. The newest installment of the hockey game has been receiving a lot of attention, so now gamers finally get a chance to sit down and see if it was worth the hype.
With a potential NHL lockout looming, the game might also be the only chance fans get to see their favorite players on the ice this season.
With that in mind, let's take a look at the trio of forwards who will be the most fun to use in this year's game.
The Pittsburgh Penguins captain has battled lingering concussion issues over the past two years, but when on the ice, he's still managed to score points at an unmatched rate. Last season, he scored 37 points in just 22 regular-season games.
Pegged as the franchise savior from the moment he was drafted, Crosby has handled the pressure extremely well. It certainly doesn't hurt that he's got terrific vision, elite agility and hockey sense that's matched by very few other players.
Not only is he capable of creating scoring chances for himself by going from coast to coast, but his pinpoint passing will also be a huge asset in NHL 13.
He's pretty much unstoppable.
Even in a season in which Ovechkin battled inconsistency, the Washington Capitals superstar managed to score 38 goals. He's topped the 30-goal mark in all seven of his NHL seasons, making him the premier goal scorer in both the real and virtual worlds.
The best thing about Ovechkin in a video-game sense is his speed to the outside. He can easily get around slow-footed defenders and cut to the front for clear scoring chances, which has been a successful move in the NHL series for years.
All gamers love to have a go-to scorers on their teams for those moments when they are down by one with only a couple minutes left.
No player is a better option than the "Great Eight."
Datsyuk has never garnered the attention or respect he deserves for being one of the best hockey players on the planet. Whether it's because he plays for the team-first Detroit Red Wings or due to his efforts to avoid the spotlight, he tends to get overlooked.
One group that won't overlook him are people who play NHL 13.
Datsyuk is one of the most complete players in the league. He can play on the top line, lead the power play, defend on the penalty kill and do everything in between.
That type of player is invaluable in NHL 13 because the playing time is normally heavily weighted toward the top lines, so having somebody like Datsyuk—who can do it all—provides a big boost.