McFarlane's Sports Picks Goes on the Power Play
Wednesday, January 16, 2008

McFarlane Toys is proud to present our lineup for NHL Series 20. It features the Sports Picks debut for a trio of players, as well as sequels to three of our most popular players. Each figure will be offered in the NHL's new RBK EDGE uniform, showcasing a new look for a classic game. Take a look at the six players kicking off our NHL 20 lineup:

DANIEL BRIÈRE: Brière made noise as a Phoenix Coyote, but he truly arrived in his final season in Buffalo, racking up 95 points as the Sabres rolled to the Eastern Conference Finals. Free agency landed him in Philadelphia, where he spearheads the re-vamped Flyers offense.

JAROME IGINLA 3: He started his hockey career as a goalie, and as a catcher for Canada's National Junior Baseball team, but Jarome Arthur-Leigh Adekunle Tig Junior Elvis Iginla's destiny was to score goals - 356 and counting, to be exact. Despite his gaudy statistics, Iginla is no genteel winger; he's just as likely to defend a teammate by any means necessary. Calgary's dynamo was named captain in October 2003, and continues to be the fuel that feeds the Flames.

JONATHAN CHEECHOO: Sure, his name doesn't give you any clue, and he plays his hockey in California. But with a hometown like "Moose Factory," you can be sure that Cheechoo is as Canadian as it gets. The Sharks' top gun has delivered 130 goals in his first four seasons, and remains one of the main reasons San Jose is the team no one wants to face in the Western Conference playoffs.

NICKLAS LIDSTROM 2: The James Norris Memorial Trophy is awarded annually to the NHL's top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position." The Red Wings captain is the defending Norris trophy owner, having won his fifth trophy in 2007 to tie Ray Bourque for the most career Norris Trophies (Bobby Orr has eight, Doug Harvey has six). With Hockeytown in a bit of transition following the retirement of Steve Yzerman and the exit of Brendan Shanahan, it is Lidstrom who leads the new-look Wings into battle every night.

VESA TOSKALA: Toskala spent four seasons sharing net time in San Jose before a trade to Toronto gave him the full-time starting goalie job he'd been waiting for. Toskala showed his mettle in Toronto over an 11-start stretch in late 2007, earning a pair of shutouts and a 7-3-0-1 record, allowing 18 goals while stopping 266 shots.

DANIEL SEDIN 2: The easiest way to tell the Sedin twins apart is right after the goal scores. Odds are, Daniel scored the goal, and Henrik delivered the assist. Daniel is the more prolific scorer of the two, but Henrik is the better playmaker - giving Vancouver a legitimate opportunity to score every time the "Sedin line" takes the ice.

Stay tuned to in the coming weeks for photos of NHL 20 and lots of Sports Picks lineups for 2008.