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My Canadian Olympic Team

Early in January the Olympic hockey teams for the Sochi Olympics will be announced.  I am going to take this time to list the players i would pick for the teams if I was given the opportunity to select them.  This is not necessarily the group of players I expect will be selected.  It is my choices.

Goaltenders:

Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Mike Smith Phoenix Coyotes

I would use Price as the number one man.  Luongo should be a reliable number two.  Mike Smith is a solid goalie who could be useful in a number three role if the depth is tested to that level.

Defencemen:

Jay Bouwmeester St Louis Blues
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Pietrangelo St Louis Blues
Brent Seabrook Chicago Blackhawks
PK Subban Montreal Canadiens
Shea Weber Nashville Predators

I think Keith is a gimme and Seabrook is his logical partner.  Doughty, Weber, Pietrangelo and Subban will be the remainder of the defencemen expected to carry the load.  Kris Letang is not off to a great start this season, but he has been a dominant defenceman in the last couple of seasons and could be worthy of a shot.  Jay Bouwmeester is a left shot who is having a good season, has significant international experience and works well with Pietrangelo, so he gets the final spot.

Forwards:

Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Mike Richards Los Angeles Kings
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares New York Islanders
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks

Crosby and Toews are the automatics.  Getzlaf, Perry, St Louis and Tavares come not too far behind that.  Stamkos is a given as long as he is healthy and if he is skating in December, he should be fine in February.  Kunitz works very well with Crosby and should get a shot.  Bergeron and Richards are experienced internationally and have strong defensive abilities.  Joe Thornton is the assist leader in the NHL right now and full of experience.  Giroux is not off to the best start, but he has proven his worth in the last couple of years.  Sharp and Hall are valuable spare pieces and both play naturally at left wing where some depth is needed.

What would you do different if it was your team?

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mrfluffy's avatar

Mike Richards over Pavel Datsyuk?

Yeah…Ok.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/24/13 at 07:14 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Mike Richards over Pavel Datsyuk?

Yeah…Ok.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/24/13 at 06:14 PM ET

Team Canada

***

Benn for sure, probably Duchenne and Couture, and maybe Carter, should be there.

One or two dmen out of San Jose are definitely in contention, guess it could come down to Subban vs Boyle for that last spot.

Doubt Hall makes the team. Like Richards, but not sure if he gets a spot either. Ditto for St. Louis, though he probably has a better shot than Richards.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/24/13 at 07:26 PM ET

shanetx's avatar

I don’t think Pavel Datsyuk will be on many people’s Canadian Olympic teams.

Posted by shanetx from Floydada, Texas on 12/24/13 at 07:28 PM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Ha…Fail on Fluffy’s part.

Nothing to see here.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/24/13 at 07:32 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Ha…Fail on Fluffy’s part.

Nothing to see here.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/24/13 at 06:32 PM ET

Bah, don’t worry about it, chief. Datsyuk, Ovie…those Ruskies are going to have a pesky roster, no doubt.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/24/13 at 07:46 PM ET

Chet's avatar

russia isn’t gonna do shit.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/24/13 at 08:15 PM ET

Chet's avatar

sweden, to me, a clear favorite.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/24/13 at 08:16 PM ET

PuckStopsHere's avatar

Fluffy

I thought it was perfect satire.  Only a serious Detroit troll could complain about Datsyuk not making the Canadian Olympic Team.

Just a heads up.  In a few days I plan to post a US Olympic Team.  Datsyuk won’t make it on that team either.

Posted by PuckStopsHere on 12/24/13 at 08:17 PM ET

Alan's avatar

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/24/13 at 07:16 PM ET

Don’t underestimate Slovakia.

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 12/24/13 at 08:19 PM ET

Gary A$$ SUCK !!'s avatar

sweden, to me, a clear favorite.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/24/13 at 07:16 PM ET

Good Choice !!!!

Posted by Gary A$$ SUCK !! from Fort Myers, Florida on 12/24/13 at 09:56 PM ET

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On paper, it’s Canada’s tournament to lose. But the difference will be the larger ice surface.

Russia or Sweden win this.

Posted by Red Winger from Sault Ste Marie on 12/24/13 at 10:03 PM ET

shazam88's avatar

Sweden looks great but this is being played in Sochi. Putin won’t allow Mother Russia to lose this one. Victor Dombrowski’s grandkids are lined up as refs.

Posted by shazam88 from SoCal on 12/24/13 at 11:43 PM ET

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Kunitz Crosby Stamkos
Tavares Getzlav Perry
Hall Thornton St Louis
E. Staal Toews Bergeron
Giroux
(Duchenne if Stamkos can’t go)

Doughty Weber
Keith Seabrook
Bouwmeester Pietriangelo
Subban

Loungo
Price
Fleury

Posted by mormerod on 12/25/13 at 12:54 AM ET

mrfluffy's avatar

Oi I know I know…reading comprehension is not my forte on this day.

Posted by mrfluffy from Long Beach on 12/25/13 at 03:07 AM ET

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Been and Duchene over Kunitz and Richards.

Posted by Munnster9 on 12/25/13 at 10:26 AM ET

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sweden, to me, a clear favorite.

Posted by Chet from twitter: thegansen on 12/24/13 at 07:16 PM ET

They won’t be favorite if a greater percentage of ref’s and linemen are Canadian, also I would be embarrassed if Mike Smith was the goalie the way he pretends to be injured and flops on the ice.

Posted by guy on 12/25/13 at 06:03 PM ET

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Kris Letang is not off to a great start this season, but he has been a dominant defenceman in the last couple of seasons and could be worthy of a shot.

As a Penguin fan, I wouldn’t suggest taking him unless something changes between now and the final selection date.

Kris Letang has been a dominant defenseman at times in the last three seasons, but a lot of that was based on his skating.

Unfortunately, he has some nagging knee problem that has visibly affected his mobility this season. A Kris Letang who doesn’t cover more ground than the players he’s playing against is something of a liability.

He always made a lot of mental errors, but his recoverability was such that he could usually bail himself out because his closing speed was so insane. He hasn’t had that speed, so the errors don’t get made right.

I’m inclined to think this would be even worse on international ice as he’d get caught even further out of position.

Posted by larry on 12/26/13 at 02:02 PM ET

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