One Year To Sochi – MY Team Canada For The 2014 Olympics

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.

 

February 5, 2013; New York, NY, USA; New York Islanders center John Tavares (91) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) play the puck during the third period of an NHL game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Sidney Crosby* Drew Doughty* Carey Price
Steven Stamkos Alex Pietrangelo Roberto Luongo*
Jonathan Toews* Duncan Keith*
Corey Perry* Shea Weber*
Rick Nash*
Jordan Eberle
Claude Giroux
James Neal
Mike Richards*

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

FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Eric Staal* Brian Campbell Marc-Andre Fleury*
Jason Spezza Dan Boyle* Cam Ward
Jordan Staal Dennis Wideman Mike Smith
Dany Heatley* Dion Phaneuf
Brad Richards Kevin Bieksa
Vincent Lecavalier Dan Hamhuis
Joe Thornton* Jay Bouwmeester
Patrick Marleau* Dan Girardi
Logan Couture Brent Seabrook*
Tyler Seguin Dan Boyle
Patrice Bergeron* Marc Staal
Patrick Sharp Kris Letang
Martin St. Louis
John Tavares
Scott Hartnell
Joffrey Lupul
Ryan Getzlaf*

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.

FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Taylor Hall Justin Faulk
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins P.K. Subban
Adam Henrique Cam Fowler
Brad Marchand
Jamie Benn

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.

FORWARDS DEFENSEMEN GOALIES
Brenden Morrow* Chris Pronger* Martin Brodeur*
Jarome Iginla* Scott Niedermayer*

MY TEAM

So without further delay, here is the team I would take to Sochi if I were selecting it today.

 

FORWARDS

Steven StamkosSidney CrosbyJordan Eberle

Corey PerryJason SpezzaRick Nash

Claude GirouxJonathan ToewsJames Neal

Patrice BergeronMike RichardsScott Hartnell

John TavaresEric Staal

DEFENSEMEN

Drew Doughty   -   Shea Weber

Duncan KeithBrent Seabrook

Alex Pietrangelo - Marc Staal

Kris LetangDan Girardi

 

GOALTENDERS

Carey Price

Roberto Luongo

Marc-Andre Fleury

Topics: Carey Price, Corey Perry, Olympic Games, Projected Roster 2014, Roberto Luongo, Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos, Team Canada

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