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:
|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.
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.