Jun 1, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Boston Bruins center Patrice Bergeron (37) and Pittsburgh Penguins center Sidney Crosby (87) take a face-off during the second period in game one of the Eastern Conference finals of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the CONSOL Energy Center. The Boston Bruins won 3-0. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

Revisiting My Team Canada 2014 Lineup On Canada Day

When time came that we were one year out from the 2014 Sochi Olympics (Feb 6), I made my early predictions of who I would put on Team Canada.  Well, after nearly a full (shortened) NHL season and a full playoff, how has the landscape has changed?  What changes would I make based on what took place over the last 5 months?


There will probably be a list of 46-48 invitees to the summer orientation camp, which will take place later this summer.  I saw a breakdown of 28 forwards, 15 defensemen and 5 goalies on twitter, so I will use that as a basis for beginning my evaluation.

Here would be my invite list to the orientation camp:



Jamie Benn Patrice Bergeron Jeff Carter
Logan Couture Sidney Crosby Jordan Eberle
Ryan Getzlaf Claude Giroux Scott Hartnell
Nathan Horton Evander Kane Chris Kunitz
Andrew Ladd Milan Lucic Joffrey Lupul
Rick Nash James Neal Corey Perry
Mike Richards Patrick Sharp Jason Spezza
Martin St. Louis Eric Staal Jordan Staal
Steven Stamkos John Tavares Joe Thornton
Jonathan Toews



Francois Beauchemin Kevin Bieksa Jay Bouwmeester
Johnny Boychuk Drew Doughty Mike Green
Duncan Keith Kris Letang Marc Methot
Dion Phaneuf Alex Pietrangelo Brent Seabrook
Marc Staal P.K. Subban Shea Weber


Corey Crawford Roberto Luongo Carey Price
Mike Smith Cam Ward

So while not easy, that is the easy part.  Whittling those 48 names to a 25 man roster (22 + 3 injury replacements).  Those in BOLD indicate a player not on my February list.

Giroux Crosby Neal
Perry Getzlaf Stamkos
Couture Richards Carter
Toews Bergeron Ladd
E. Staal
Keith Seabrook
Pietrangelo Weber
Doughty Letang
M Staal

NOTES:  Players dropped:  Rick Nash, Jordan Eberle, Scott Hartnell, Jason Spezza, Dan Girardi and Marc-Andre Fleury.

On the bubble:  Perry had a terrible playoff, but I left him off because he is a winner at every level and a natural winger on a team full of centres.

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