by PuckStopsHere on 07/28/12 at 11:34 AM ET
Since the Summer Olympics are here it is time to make a midterm Canadian Olympic Team. This is not a prediction of who will make the Olympic Team in 2014 but rather who I would put on a team were the Olympic tournament to occur right now. The problem with projecting to 2014 is it can be hard to properly project young players. Will Ryan Nugent-Hopkins deserve a spot on the Olympic team in 2014? Perhaps he will and perhaps he won’t but right now he shouldn’t be on the team. I do not want to build a team based only upon projections of how players might develop.
Here are my picks for a Canadian Olympic Team should one be picked right now:
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers
Rick Nash New York Rangers
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Jason Spezza Ottawa Senators
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Steve Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares New York Islanders
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
Mike Green Washington Capitals
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Kris Letang Pittsburgh Penguins
Alex Pietrangelo St Louis Blues
Brent Seabrook Chicago Blackhawks
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Mike Smith Phoenix Coyotes
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