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Team Canada enters the Olympics like they enter any International tournament, the favorites to win.

After winning a nail-biting Gold Medal in 2010 on home ice, the Canadians will bring a younger roster to Sochi in hopes of a repeat. There are probably around three forward lines and two defense lines worth of players that are going and are really non-negotiable. The final 5 game-day spots will be a toss-up between superstars.

There is definite controversy in goal for some people with who was invited to orientation camp. I’m going to select my 25 man roster from the 47 players that were invited to camp, even though players that weren’t invited to camp could crack the roster come decision time.

Here’s my roster for Team Canada in Sochi.

In Goal

1. Roberto Luongo

2. Carey Price

There’s no question, in my mind, that Luongo should be in the cage for Canada again. The negative press that was put on him in Vancouver the last few seasons was team initiated, not player. Luongo is an elite goaltender and backstopped Canada to Gold in 2010 after taking over for future hall of famer Martin Brodeur. Price is possibly the best Canadian goaltender next to Luongo and, he too, deals with the same media frustrations as Bobby Lou. Superstar players who can handle the extracurricular attention.

On Defense

Shea Weber – Drew Doughty

Ducan Keith – Kris Letang

Alex Pietrangelo – Marc Staal

This is a big, bad group of defenders. How many Norris candidates can you ice? Team Canada enters the tournament, in my mind, with the best group of forwards and defencemen in the tournament. Like I said in the USA blog, though, the game is won on the ice and not on paper. Shea Weber is the best defenseman in the NHL right now if you weigh offensive and defensive abilities equal and he leads his band of stallions into the Olympics in fashion.

Up Front

Taylor Hall – Sidney Crosby – Steven Stamkos

Jordan Eberle – Jonthan Toews – John Tavares

Claude Giroux – Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry

Patrice Bergeron – Jordan Staal – Logan Couture

This is the most impressive forward unit in the entire tournament, hands down. Can you imagine Crosby and Stamkos on the same line? It’s going to happen. Why? Because Canada has more depth down the middle than anyone else and in order to bring the worlds best to the tournament some will have to shift to the wing. When you’re as talented as some of the players on this roster it’s not a difficult switch because the hockey IQ is so high. The second line is the one to watch for, it features two of the most clutch players in recent international tournaments for Canada in Toews and Eberle. I’m sure no one is sweating if that line is on in the final few minutes and Canada is down a goal.

Alternates

G Mike Smith
D Dan Boyle
D Brent Seabrook
F Rick Nash
F Eric Staal

Smith is seasoned and I don’t think Crawford or Holtby are seasoned enough to take to the Olympics. I don't think this shortened season should bounce Crawford to the front of the pack. Holtby has accomplished minimal things in his short career thus far, and is more of a looker for 2018 in South Korea, if that even happens. P.K. Subban brings too much worry about stupid penalties for me to include him in the main roster. Even though he captured his first Norris Trophy, he’s still wildly immature and doesn’t jump over anyone in my top eight. For me, Boyle and Seabrook bring solid depth and leadership to a young squad and would be effective on any of the three defensive lines in the case of injury. Eric Staal and Rick Nash give scoring depth for the wing and middle.

Essentially, Canada should, and they expect to, repeat as champions. It’s up to whoever is chosen in the end to determine that. When you can ice a roster like this there isn’t any doubt about what you’re expected to do, but heavy is the head the wears the crown.

Steve Yzerman has one heck of a decision in front of him, because if Canada doesn’t repeat then the questions will all be towards who didn’t get chosen for the team.

That’s all for now, thanks for reading.
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August 11, 2013 11:07 AM ET | Delete
T. Hall instead of Nash.... uhhhh ok. Boyle instead of Subban?
August 11, 2013 12:45 PM ET | Delete
This list sucks.
August 11, 2013 12:50 PM ET | Delete
Shea Weber is definitely not the best. He sucks with out Suter while Suter still did well without Weber
August 11, 2013 1:34 PM ET | Delete
95nj: Weber had a 0.58 ppg without Suter and 0.63 with him. It isnt that much of a drop off considering Nashville overall didnt function well last year. Markiz: Taylor Hall had a ppg last season higher than Nash has ever had. Hall has played his way on to this team. Its not a case of current talent level why I chose Boyle over Subban. Its (a) Im a Sharks fan and (b) This is the largest global event that players will take part in representing Canada. I dont think Subban is mature enough to go. There will be more Olympics in Subbans career and maybe he can stop fighting with his own team during the game and grow up for those tournaments.
August 11, 2013 1:44 PM ET | Delete
Why the hell is Bergeron not Centering his line? Are you high?
August 11, 2013 2:07 PM ET | Delete
I predict a really awkward, shitty year for Luongo and co. and cannot see him starting at all, he will be a backup for "experience"... Keith and Seabrook will be kept together as a pair pushing M. Staal out of the top 6... Norris Trophy winning Subban will be in the top 7 as well... I cannot fathom Nash not being on this roster or Mike Richards... Neal would make it before Hall or Eberle... and how is Eric Staal not on this roster!?
August 11, 2013 2:13 PM ET | Delete
adgo: Just my opinion. I like the youth movement. Hall is a better player than Neal IMO. He also doesnt get the luxury of playing with Geno.DutchCan: There. I acknowledged that you are posting. Satisfied?
August 11, 2013 2:18 PM ET | Delete
I am all for introducing youth but the "vets" (who are not very old ie richards and staal and nash) that won gold last time will be back, baby steps with the youth... those guys will buy in and play where ever they are told and they will excel... Just cannot see some of those young guys being able to play anything then what they are used to on their own teams... that would be my only concern... also why I did not have Subban in the top 6 on mine - too much attitude/ego
August 11, 2013 2:20 PM ET | Delete
21 is too young for an event like this, it is primed for 25-30 ish year olds who have the maturity to handle various roles and situations... also, Hall and Ebs are too used to losing haha
August 11, 2013 2:21 PM ET | Delete
Fair enough. I agree on Subban. If I was Yzerman I wouldnt select an attitude/ego like that to represent the country on this big of a scale. Maybe in South Korea if it happens.
August 11, 2013 2:50 PM ET | Delete
Just like to point out that in 2010 Toews was 21 and he won best forward at the tournament and was canadas best player. Also Doughty was 20 and Crosby was 22.
August 11, 2013 4:35 PM ET | Delete
Excellent points kreynolds.
August 11, 2013 6:22 PM ET | Delete
Obviously everyone has their own views and preferences, but I cant see any justification for leaving the Marty St. Louis off the team. I dont mind a youth movement, but not at the expense of a guy who led the league in scoring. Especially when he has chemistry with Stamkos.I look at it a lot like adgo43.Ditto on the Seabrook with Keith and Norris winner PK on the back end. PK showed he can play well with others at the WJC. I think there is enough superstar leadership that he will keep his yap shut...to some degree. I would have (underrated)Patrick Sharp, Mike Richards, Rick Nash and Eric Staal ahead of Jordan Staal, Hall and Eberle, probably even Tavares. Nothing against the younger guys, I just think the vets give us a better chance of winning.In goal I think Corey Crawford should be in the mix.
August 11, 2013 7:00 PM ET | Delete
Little bit different when Crosby is the best player in the world... Toews is probably the best all around forward in the league and can play anywhere in the lineup... Not really comparable to Hall... Plus Doughty was the last pick and it was either him or Green lol
August 11, 2013 7:02 PM ET | Delete
Ice_Hawk check out that roster haha we seem to think the same with teammates (except I left off St. Louis)... http://my.hockeybuzz.com/blog.php?user_id=209875
August 11, 2013 8:18 PM ET | Delete
The best part of blogs like these is it engages constructive conversation for the most part. Unlike the team bashing that happens in the main blogs on HB.
August 11, 2013 8:56 PM ET | Delete
Agreed! 99% of what is said during team bashing is ridiculous and 1% somewhat accurate lol
August 11, 2013 10:20 PM ET | Delete
Haha
August 12, 2013 12:47 AM ET | Delete
hall is the best left winger in hockey last year and he will be again this year, he can play with sid the kid and put up twice as many points as who, kunitz
August 12, 2013 7:25 AM ET | Delete
If he doesnt injure himself in warm up again
August 12, 2013 9:30 AM ET | Delete
I think Martin St. Louis makes this team. Hes a leader, won the art ross last year, has good chemistry with stamkos and has speed to be a big factor on the big ice. For thos saying Hall wont make it, you must not have watched him this past season. Was the best LW last year and is on the fast track to be a superstar. Doubt eberle makes it, same with j staal over E staal. Bergeron will be his natural center position and I think subban makes it as an extra dman.
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