EA Sports' long-running hockey franchise returns in NHL 18, which looks to be a major step up from last year's game.

Twenty-year-old Edmonton Oilers phenom Connor McDavid will grace the cover of Electronic Arts’ NHL 18, following in the footsteps of last year’s cover model, Vladimir Tarasenko.

This year’s game, which comes with a host of new features as well as the just-formed Vegas Golden Knights team, looks like it will give players more control than ever before.

“NHL 18 is all about capturing everything that’s great about the new NHL,” said lead producer Sean Ramjagsingh in the official announcement.

Creative Attack controls let our players show off all of the skill and highlight-reel moves they can imagine, while NHL Threes brings the speed and excitement of three-on-three hockey to the game.”

Creative Attack is a new system that allows players to perform new between-the-legs dekes and other crafty moves, while Defensive Skill Stick gives defenders more tools for poking the puck away and close up gaps.

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