React: Team Canada Roster Announced

React: Team Canada Roster Announced

Carter, Kunitz, Marleau and Nash all make the team. No St. Louis, Staal, Thornton, Neal or Giroux. Hamhuis and Vlasic both make it on defence.

Forwards
Jamie Benn
Patrice Bergeron
Jeff Carter
Sidney Crosby
Matt Duchene
Ryan Getzlaf
Chris Kunitz
Patrick Marleau
Rick Nash
Corey Perry
Patrick Sharp
Steven Stamkos
Jonathan Tavares
Jonathan Toews

Defencemen
Jay Bouwmeester
Drew Doughty
Dan Hamhuis
Duncan Keith
Alex Pietrangelo
PK Subban
Marc – Edouard Vlasic
Shea Weber

Goaltenders
Roberto Luongo
Carey Price
Mike Smith

I’m sure everyone agrees with this roster, right?

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333 comments
Mattmark
Mattmark

Remember the bad old days of fifty years ago, when Canada was prohibited from sending its best players to the Olympics?  There are a few names from the 1964 Canadian Olympic team that you might possibly know... like Rod Seiling, Gary Dineen and Seth Martin.  But Hank Akervall?  Gary Begg?  Ray Cadieux?  George Swarbrink?


Here's the team we should have sent (wonder how they'd do against today's guys):


Hull - Mikita - Wharram

F. Mahovlich - Keon - Bathgate

Moore - Beliveau - Geoffrion

Howe - Ullman - Bucyk

Pilote - Harvey

Horton - Brewer

Gadsby - Johnson - Vasko

(Any of) Plante, Sawchuk, Bower, Hall, Worsely

 

Gold medal in a walk.


Tim Horton
Tim Horton

Team Sweden looks like tough competition.

ingy56
ingy56

Must be really crappy in Buffalo, crappier than usual that is, because the Sabres-Canes game has been postponed.

Bruffins
Bruffins

Over the Last three years:

gp 168  g 22  pts 81 (Doughty)

gp 173  g 11  pts 46 (Vlasic)

gp 171  g 25  pts 89 (Phaneuf)

gp 173  g 12  pts 74 (Hamhuis)

gp 170  g 15  pts 78 (Bouwmeester)


Airfreshener
Airfreshener

Livefyer crap out for anyone else? Went from 0 to 50 posts.

mcloki
mcloki

Only slight objections Nash and Stamkos. Not because i think Stamkos is bad but because he's injured. And Nash is going on reputation not what he's been doing.

Omac13
Omac13

You know who likes Team Canada's D Core, The USA line of Callahan Backes Brown. They will eat Hamhuis Vlasic, Pietrangelo and Jay Bow Alive

Great Dane
Great Dane

@Tim Hortonand don't under estimate Russia at home. If Datsyuk and Malkin is in form and they finally have goalie that can stop the puck they are dangerous on home ice.

Bruffins
Bruffins

@ingy56 

Poor Eric Staal and Semin, not making their olympic teams and then having to stay in Buffalo extra

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Ryan What ex leafs made the olympic team?  Kaberle I presume.  Anyone else.  

wendelsfist
wendelsfist

@Bruffins  So JVR/Kessel, Komarov   and Kulemin make their countries team. That's 4 players from the leafs organization.  

Did Peter Holland make the Danish Olympic team?  :-)

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@mcloki Nash was a lock on reputation alone IMO hes been that good for Canada.

vinoa
vinoa

@mcloki He's got 54 points in 56 career international games. Nash is an international stud for Team Canada. Hope he keeps it up.

Tim Horton
Tim Horton

@Omac13 That is a tough line but not the most talented. No real play maker there.

vinoa
vinoa

@Omac13 Until Weber goes over the boards. Besides Backes knows he can't piss Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester off as long as they're his top pair.

Omac13
Omac13

Yeah thats the Point i am trying to make Vlasic and hamhuis are CRAP

Omac13
Omac13

Weber will be playing againts the top 2 lines if not even better for the USA. Canada Failed on the D Core Between Hamhuis Vlasic Pietrangelo and Jay Bow I bet you they dont have a Combined 200 hits his season. Hard to move the puck when your chasing the forecheckers. Which one of them will clear the front of the net? Canada will finished 5th , they will give up to many goals mark my words

vinoa
vinoa

@MaxwellHowe Russian Malkin would play for Team Canada...who wouldn't want a shot at gold?

MaxwellHowe
MaxwellHowe

I bet that American Stempniak would play for Team Canada if asked. 

Omac13
Omac13

Live 0 But since their names have been coming up in Olympic Talk i have watched them closly on TV(center Ice) and they are not even the top guys on their teams (Boyle in SJ). Vlasic is basically Gunnerson, Gunner would be as good as him if he played in SJ. Easy to look good in SJ  when Thortan and Courtoure have the puck all the time and you dont have to defend much

vinoa
vinoa

@hoolihan @vinoa @Omac13 Besides if they shit the bed all of Canada will blame Dion...even if he was the 8th dman who didn't see a second of game time.

vinoa
vinoa

@Omac13 Pietrangelo and Bouwmeester don't play a physical game but they're strong skaters with good positioning. Give them a bit of credit...probably one of the best pairings in the league

Bruffins
Bruffins

@Omac13 

don;t see Canada finishing anywhere lower than third but I get your point

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @NotSince67 @dlb eh Man Jr. A is full of 8-12 rd picks. The SCRAPS of top talent. The top teams in MM AAA are more TALENTED than Tier II.


Thats why there MIGHT be a Maj. Jr scout at a tier 2 game and some NCAA guys, but you go to the Herbert Carnagie double header and teams send multiple reps, an theres almost 50 scouts.

LEt it put it to you this way, I would not be surprised to see 5-6 kids on the Toronto Marlboros go straight to the O as 16 y/os. Vaughn Kings have 2. Jr. Canadiens have 2 maybe 3. 

Literally some of those kids at 15 are too good for Jr. A. Adam MAscherin is already a PPG player in the OJHL as a call-up

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @NotSince67 @dlb eh Okay, you couted for tier two, congrats. MM AAA is more talkented than tier 2


But now you understand what I'm saying. In a league with a 20 year turnover versus 4, kids outside rd 4 in the OHL rarely even play as 16 year old. So why would the 30th deep in a league with significantly less turnover, no age cap, be expected anything near eye-popping?

I mean you are spouting idiocy and that fact you scouted and say that shows why you aren't scouting any more.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @NotSince67 @dlb eh Then there's idiots like you who automatically assume a first rounder is supposed to be a first line talent. Not gonna happen to 30 guys every year, year in year out. Think about it. 30 1st rounders per year, 30 teams. Every year a team gets a new first line player? doesn't work like that man.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @NotSince67 @dlb eh Exactly. But no one who understand scouting, prospects and drafting was expeciting much beyond a FRINGE shot at a second line player, and we're talking when he hits his late 20s.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @dlb eh Maybe you need to reavaluate your expectations of a 29th overall. Not supposed to be the 29th best int he League, probably supposed to be, in his prime (ages 26-30) in the top 100-150. Not that stellar.

NotSince67
NotSince67

@hoolihan @dlb eh TBH, I'd leave Ashton down. IT's probably better to let him keep tearing it up than to break up his mojo to play 5-6 mins as a 4th line energy guy.