Almost anything is possible in the NHL. Alexander Ovechkin might just stay in Russia. Sidney Crosby―though we certainly hope for his sake this does not happen―might fall back into recurrent concussion problems.
In turn, while it is more likely that a dense multitude of NHL teams have their franchise face securely fastened for an indefinite, protracted period, there is always the chance that someone else will emerge to claim that position sooner than expected.
Elsewhere, a new individual representative is imminent as aging VIPs near a more timely retirement or a team seeks a new identity upon trading its incumbent face.
Other than those incumbents, regardless of where they are in their careers, who else might be viewed as any given NHL franchise’s most synonymous, identifiable player in the not-too-distant future? Who has the most radiant potential to fill that virtual position if and when a gap opens up between now and, say, the halfway mark of this decade in 2015?
The best answers to those questions for all 30 teams are assessed as follows.