As the defending champions in the Men’s Olympic hockey tournament, there will be pressure on Steve Yzerman, Kevin Lowe and the rest of the management for Team Canada to repeat as champions. It will be a tough task, almost as tough as selecting the 23 – 25 man roster to represent the country.
So one year away, here is the team I would select. As the NHL and NHLPA want the rosters expanded to 25 player for injury and logistical issues, that is what I will go with. I will start with the “locks”, and move on to the “bubble” players and then list some outside shots who could make a dent over the next year, and then pick my team.
LOCKS – will be on the team
|Sidney Crosby*||Drew Doughty*||Carey Price|
|Steven Stamkos||Alex Pietrangelo||Roberto Luongo*|
|Jonathan Toews*||Duncan Keith*|
|Corey Perry*||Shea Weber*|
IN THE CONVERSATION – The players on this list will be in the conversation and the rest of the roster will likely be selected from this group
NEED MORE LOOKS – Over the next 6 months of hockey between February and December, these players could force the management of Team Canada to take a second look at them.
|Taylor Hall||Justin Faulk|
|Ryan Nugent-Hopkins||P.K. Subban|
|Adam Henrique||Cam Fowler|
ON THE OUTS – Players that were on the team in Vancouver but not likely to get a look for 2014 either due to retirement, age, injury or a slip in level of play.
|Brenden Morrow*||Chris Pronger*||Martin Brodeur*|
|Jarome Iginla*||Scott Niedermayer*|
So without further delay, here is the team I would take to Sochi if I were selecting it today.
Steven Stamkos – Sidney Crosby – Jordan Eberle
Corey Perry – Jason Spezza – Rick Nash
Claude Giroux – Jonathan Toews – James Neal
Patrice Bergeron – Mike Richards – Scott Hartnell
John Tavares – Eric Staal
Drew Doughty - Shea Weber
Duncan Keith – Brent Seabrook
Alex Pietrangelo - Marc Staal
Kris Letang – Dan Girardi