With Team Canada set to announce their men’s ice hockey roster for the Sochi 2014 Olympics this Tuesday, I thought I’d share my predictions with you. There certainly is a lot to choose from, so here are my picks:
Centers: Sidney Crosby (lock), Jonathan Toews (lock), John Tavares (lock), Steven Stamkos (lock, if uninjured) -> if injured, Matt Duchene (great young offensive talent)
Wingmen: Martin St. Louis (veteran presence), Rick Nash (solid power forward), Corey Perry (elite winger), Chris Kunitz (undeniable chemistry with Crosby), Milan Lucic (talented power forward with plenty of grit), Jarome Iginla (I still don’t understand how he wasn’t invited to the training camp), Eric Staal (not a winger, but how can you not have him on the team), Claude Giroux (also not a winger, but too good to leave off team)
Defensemen: Drew Doughty (lock), Duncan Keith (lock), Shea Weber (lock), PK Subban (lock), Kris Letang (great offensive mindset), Brent Seabrook (great chemistry with Keith)
Goaltenders: Roberto Luongo (lock), Carey Price (very reliable)
Extras: Patrice Bergeron (excellent shut-down center), Ryan Getzlaf (I always thought he was overrated, but he’s a consistent and responsible leader), Jay Bouwmeester (plays a lot of minutes and skates well, but I always thought him a defensive liability), Mike Smith (great goalie who could easily challenge for starting)
Team Canada is going to have a very difficult time putting together a roster with so much talent to choose from. Even more challenging still will be the line combinations that come from the roster. It’s a problem every team would love to have. I can’t wait for the Olympics to begin, and I’ll share my thoughts on the Canadian roster as soon as it is finalized!