NHL 12 PHOTOS OFFER A BRAND NEW LOOK
Hockey Superstars Show off Their New Uniforms
Friday, December 30, 2005
McFarlane Toys is proud to present our twelfth series of NHL Sports Picks figures. NHL 12 is our third series this hockey season (following NHL 10 and Team Canada), and falls in the slot traditionally held for a Canadian release in the summertime. While the work stoppage prevented us from making an all-new lineup for the spring, there was a tremendous amount of player movement in 2005, which enabled us to put together a lineup of Sports Picks figures updated to their new teams -- as well as unveil our representation of Penguins rookie Sidney Crosby. The six players have validated their selections by posting strong seasons for their new teams -- here's a look at their seasons so far and an invitation to enjoy the photography:
SIDNEY CROSBY: The top overall selection in this spring's NHL draft has brought hope to a scuffling Penguins franchise. "The Next One" leads all rookies in assists, and is second among them in points. Though Pittsburgh stumbled early in the season, a coaching change showed the organization's faith in their future -- as they gave Crosby an assistant captain's "A" while he's still shy of his 19th birthday.
PAUL KARIYA 2: After nine strong seasons in Anaheim and an injury-filled year in Colorado, left wing phenom Paul Kariya was looking for a fresh start and found a new home in Nashville. He's brought veteran leadership to the young franchise, and helped catapult the Predators into contention for the Central Division crown. Kariya leads Nashville in scoring and has helped the team establish the best home-ice record in the league.
JEREMY ROENICK: The colorful center brought his hard-nosed style to Los Angeles -- helping the Kings grab the Pacific Division lead before a late-December finger injury pushed him to the shelf. "J.R." is expected to return in January, quite possibly with a vengeance. Roenick needs just 22 more goals to pass Joe Mullen as the highest scoring American-born player in NHL history.
NIKOLAI KHABIBULIN: The Stanley Cup-winning net-minder headed north during the long off-season, signing a new deal with the Chicago Blackhawks. The season has been a bumpy ride so far, but the signing of Khabibulin has shown the organization's commitment to improve and Chicago fans are hoping the veteran goalie helps accelerate their learning curve.
CHRIS PRONGER: The painful lockout did accomplish at least two things -- it picked up the pace of the game on ice, and it leveled the playing field to help smaller market teams keep their core players and even bring in established talent to help. Edmonton wasted no time landing favorite son Chris Pronger to solidify their defense. The longtime Blues captain left the Midwest behind and immediately became Edmonton's best player on the blue line. The revamped Oilers are contending in the Northwest Division and are only too happy to be playing in the "new NHL."
PETER FORSBERG 2: Colorado's best player waved goodbye to the NHL following the 2003-2004 season, returning home to play hockey overseas. As time stretched on during the lockout, Forsberg made the decision to come back to the NHL, but this time in a new city. Philadelphia welcomed the speedy center with open arms, and he wasted no time shaking off any "rink rust." Forsberg has delivered 51 points in the season's first 30 games to lead the Flyers to a division lead and the third-best record in the NHL.
NHL 12 is a six-player lineup that will include chase figures as well. It's scheduled to arrive in Canadian and U.S. stores in April 2006.
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