by PuckStopsHere on 12/25/09 at 09:17 PM ET
With Olympic Teams starting to be named (and Canada scheduled for December 30th) here are the selections I would make for the Canadian Olympic Team. This is not a prediction of who will be selected. I know a few of my picks are not likely. I expect the actual Canadian team to have about 3/4 of these players and to have passed over some of the young players in favor of more experienced but slightly less talented veterans - and likely in hindsight this will result in questionable picks like the 2006 omission of Sidney Crosby. I expect it does not make a significant difference to the success or failure of the team.
I think the biggest criticisms of this team will be the lack of a dedicated shutdown forward. This is something I don’t think is necessary given the talented defensive forwards already selected (many with Selke nominations in their past). Picking a Patrick Sharp or a Mike Fisher is a mistake given the talent Canada has available. It results in a better player being omitted and doesn’t add much to shutdown situations that cannot be done with players already being selected.
The number three goalie is not a selection that is not seen a serious candidate, but I think he is the best available. He has been forgotten as he has largely backed up Jonas Hiller in Anaheim for the last while.
Here are my Team Canada selections:
Goaltenders Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim Ducks
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks
Defencemen Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim Ducks
Chris Pronger Philadelphia Flyers
Robyn Regehr Calgary Flames
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Forwards Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Dany Heatley San Jose Sharks
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
Patrick Marleau San Jose Sharks
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Brad Richards Dallas Stars
Mike Richards Philadelphia Flyers
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
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