Saturday, November 22, 2008

2010 Team Canada Hockey Roster Vancouver Olympics

With the Vancouver Olympics and the most-anticipated hockey tournament in years just over a year away, it's getting to be time to think about who's going to be on Canada's roster. I've included the age they'll be in 2010 and their stats in the 2008-09 season.

FORWARDS

Incumbents:

Jarome Iginla
- 32 - 20gp, 11g, 12a, 23pts
He wore an 'A' in 2006 and looks to be the leading candidate to take over Sakic's 'C' in Vancouver. At 39, it's unlikely Sakic will make the team given our depth at centre.

Vincent Lecavalier - 29 - 19, 9, 6, 15
Last time around, Vinny was a good player. This time, he's coming off 50-goal and 40-goal performances the last two years. We'll see if he maintains his high level until 2010.

Joe Thornton - 30 - 20, 4, 16, 20
He scores 90 points like clockwork. His high assist totals will tempt the coaching staff to play him, not Crosby on a first line with Iginla.

Dany Heatley - 29 - 19, 11, 8, 19
I'm not a Pierre Maguire fan, but I have to call this guy a monster.

Jason Spezza - 26 - 19, 6, 9, 15
Off to a slow start this year but you know he'll be there. Question is, who lines up with him and Heatley?

Rick Nash - 25 - 19, 9, 8, 17
His stats consistently underrate him because of a lack of supporting cast. He played with Joe Thornton at HC Davos during the lockout- they'd be a great fit if paired together.

Simon Gagne - 29 - 17, 11, 12, 23
Gagne has been inconsistent and injured much of the time since Torino. He's been a force this year. Picking him with Mike Richards makes a lot of sense.

Eric Staal - 25 - 20, 8, 5, 13
Staal has proven the hot start in 05-06 that got him picked as an Olympic reserve was no fluke. At 24, he hasn't peaked yet. He could easily be the surprise star of the tournament.

Shane Doan - 33 - 18, 11, 8, 19
His World Championship leadership got him extra attention and a spot in 2006. This time around, he's coming off his best season of his career and is off to a hot start despite being 32. He'll make the team unless his play deteriorates.

Those are the Olympic incumbents that look to have spots locked up for 2010: 4 centres and 5 wingers.

Who from 2006's team is less likely to make it?

Todd Bertuzzi - he's a fraction of the force he was at the time. Unlikely to be considered.

Kris Draper - didn't embarass himself in Torino as the token defensive forward, but he's too old.

Brad Richards - Magically transformed from one of the league's premier two-way talents into a liability in the last two years. He's young enough that he may get back his Conn Smythe form, but at this point he's on the outside looking in.

Joe Sakic - He'll be 39. Amazingly, his speed hasn't deserted him, nor has his shot. Nevertheless, injuries have cost him a lot of games recently and he may be retired by the time the tournament begins.

Ryan Smyth - His consistent service earned him his spot in 2006. By 2010, his skills will be lacking.

Martin St. Louis - He looks like he's slipping. His point total fell off last year and may fall further this year. He'll be 34 by tournament time and doesn't offer much beyond the point totals.

Newcomers:

Sidney Crosby - 22 - 20 gp, 7g, 18a, 25p
There was discussion in 2006 of whether Crosby might be to play for Team Canada at just 18. His skill was never in question; now there are no questions about his maturity.

Marc Savard - 32 - 20, 8, 19, 27
Because he was a late bloomer, has only played in the playoffs once and missed a lot of games early in his career, Savard doesn't get noticed as much despite being a regular top scorer in the last few years. His point totals are too much to ignore - a spot must be found for him.

Ryan Getzlaf
- 24 - 20, 8, 17, 25
He's still getting better. Don't let the baldness fool you - he hasn't peaked yet.

That's 12. 7 centres and 5 wingers, so some of the centres will have to move to the wing. The discussion doesn't end here, though: Canada has an incredible number of players who merit a spot. Of those I've listed above, most aren't guaranteed spots. Doan, Thornton, Spezza and others could miss out if they hit a slump.

The top Alternatives:

Paul Stastny - 24
He has emerged as a bona fide star in Denver and will force a tough decision for the coaches. How can a point-a-game centre be ignored?

Corey Perry - 24
He hasn't got much time to push onto the team, but he's got the talent. He's one of the NHL's leading scorers this year and would be attractive paired with Getzlaf.

Mike Richards - 24
He has really stormed onto the scene and, like, Stastny, scores a point a game. He has starred in the playoffs and would appear to be an excellent inclusion. But in whose place?

Patrick Sharp - 27
His talent is big even if his track record's not. He may force the coaches to consider him if he can continue to score.

Jonathan Toews - 21
There seems little doubt he's got the ability to be a core player for the 2014 team. Will he be ready in time for 2010?

DEFENSE

Incumbents:

Jay Bouwmeester - 26 - 19, 0, 8, 8
He's a lock to make it because of his age in a group that's getting old. He's not the best, but he's very solid.

Chris Pronger - 35 - 21, 4, 10, 14
He's not what he once was, but he's close. An oldie but a goodie.

Not coming back:

Wade Redden
- There's nothing wrong with him, but too many better guys have emerged.

Robyn Regehr
- He'll be 29 but his presence has faded.

Bryan McCabe -He's going to be 34. His offense is past its prime and his defense sucks.

Adam Foote - He'll be 38. Not in the picture.

Rob Blake - He'll be 40. No chance.

Alternatives:

Dion Phaneuf - 24 - 20, 3, 10, 13
He has made himself the best defenseman in the NHL and will be crucial to the team's success in 2010 if he can neutralize top opposing forwards.

Shea Weber - 24 - 19, 8, 10, 18
Arguably now the league's top offensive d-man. His presence on the power play is a no-doubter.

Duncan Keith - 26 - 18, 2, 5, 7
Bet you didn't know that Keith is 3rd in the NHL in ice time. He's a rock and was a +30 last year on a team that missed the playoffs.

Brian Campbell - 30 - 18, 4, 10, 14
His skill and skating will look great on the big ice.

Mike Green - 24 - 18, 7, 9, 16
Playing in Washington has kept him out of the limelight but this guy is the real deal. His talent is huge.

Other possibilities:

Willie Mitchell? Sheldon Souray? Kevin Bieksa? Keith Ballard? There are a lot of possibilities.

GOAL

Roberto Luongo - 30 - 11-5-2, 2.17, .928
Has to be considered the current leader for the job.

Martin Brodeur - 37 - 6-2-2, 2.16, .916
Still going, but his age will make Luongo preferred.

Carey Price - 22 - 9-4-1, 2.51, .920
He'll be the goalie favourite for 2014, but Luongo has to falter for him to get the job.

19 comments:

Anonymous said...

neidermeyer on defense and possible team captain?

Anonymous said...

Why is it that people always choose the oldest guy for team captain? why not give it to a guy like sidney crosby who is both a leader on and off the ice? Yeah i agree neidermeyer is good but crosby has proven to be the best in the nhl and we all know if anyone can lead us to gold its him!

Rory J said...

In Neidermayer's case, i feel silly that i left him out of the discussion at the very least. While not as old as Sakic (he'll be only 36), I expect he'll bow out. To be fair, though, his decision to come out of retirement may have been partly in the hopes he could play in 2010.

If he's healthy, he's got a good shot to make it because his game is suited to the international ice. He'd make a good captain.

As for Crosby, I just don't see it. He could have an A but giving him the C has two problems:

1. He's the captain in PIT due to a lack of alternatives. They knew he'd be captain eventually (and his maturity has grown since he came into the league) but he's still very young compared to the rest of team Canada.

2. It'd be a slap in the face to the elder Canadians. Iginla or Neidermayer (if he plays) have earned it with the service time.

Anonymous said...

Every single one of your alternatives on defense are better than your lock of Bouwmeester. Green is and offesive giant. Phanuef who i hate cause im from edmonton is an offensive super power as well as one of the best defenders. Same can be said for weber who is under rated beyond belief!! Team captain is Iginla no question. Neidermyer lost is respect from alot of players due to his retirment and then comeback. Iggy is the best leader on the team and is old enough with alot of experience for the older guys to be fine with his appointment.Thorton and spezza will be on the team no question. But, what i think team Canada should do is pair teamates on the same line. Like Toews and Sharp on the 4th line cause they have chemistry. Or Lecavieler and st louis on the second line. Should be good..Go Canada Go!!

Anonymous said...

i would double check this but i dont believe stastny is eligible to play for canada

Pierre R said...

Paul Stasny is not eligible to play for Canada, he has chosen to play for the USA, when he played last year in the 2007 IIHF championship , IIHF rules prevent all players with dual citizenship to change the country they have once represented.

lora said...

Has the team captian for 2010 canadian Mens hockey team been offically announced? If so Who? If not when will it be?

Anonymous said...

I honestly dont care who gets the C, except that its for sure going to be Iginla or Thornton, ur nuts if you think crosbys gunna get it. Iginla's the best leader/allaround player in the league. Other than that, The forwards are going to be solid regardless, except they gotta get some good defensive forwards, which can be satisfied with Mike Richards...or maybe alex burrows lol. + they'd have to have a few other talented guys. Roberto's getting the start no question. Its gunna be interesting to see who they choose for D, theres so much talent.
AND, think that dion and shea weber played together at world juniors and ran show.
(assuming niedermayer wont play) Theyll have a few extras I imagine too.
Phaneuf, weber, mike green, pronger, kevin bieksa(no question), Brent Burns(hes sick), and Bryan Campbell. ...that sounds like a team one would make on NHL 09 in dynasty mode, as the only problem with that D group would be that their mostly all offensive defensemen. And you gotta think that Dan Boyle's gunna be in there too.

Ps. Fuck souray, fuck the oilers, fuck sam gagner

Anonymous said...

Statsny not playing for team Canada and Brian Campbell is an American, so I think that leaves him out too. I think Regher will be on the team there is not a better shut down defencmen in the league and it is being played on a small rink

Anonymous said...

I can't believe that nobody is talking about jeff carter. does he have to win richard trophy for consideration...I also think brad richards should be there based on his play so far this year. I say drop Gagne..great player but injury prone...if he heatlhy he can contribute though.....oh and how about claude lemieux...he's back!!!

Anonymous said...

Brian Campbell is actually from Ontario...check your facts my friend.

Anonymous said...

Iginla/thorton will definately get the C, and i don't think jason spezza will get in. that line in ottawa has sunk and i think he only works well when with alfredsson and heatley.

Brian Campbell will be a lock for defense, not bowmester, and i would like to see the kids from chicago toews, and sharp included in taxi players atleast.

Anonymous said...

Mike Green should be there without a doubt. shane doan for captain? try this roster:

Thornton-Crosby Iginla
Nash-Lecavalier-Getzlaf
M.Richards-Carter-Doan
Gagne-Toews-Heatley

Phaneuf-Weber
Green-Bouwmeester
Pronger-Niedermayer*/Campbell

Brodeur-Luongo-Price

Taxi: 3 of E.Staal, Keith, Spezza, sharp,

Anonymous said...

You have to bring Marc Andre Fleury into the mix for a goalie on this team. Perhaps not a starter now. but he is certainly a more than qualified backup goalie. much better than Carey Price IMO.
he has proven it in 3 playoffs now, taking the Pens to the cup last year.

Anonymous said...

how about dan boyle?

Anonymous said...

I think Jarome Iginla will probably get the c he has earned it. He is a great hockey player

Anonymous said...

We need Souray on the roster

Anonymous said...

I think the "c" should go to Sidnet Crosby even though he is pretty young (19) he is a great player and deserves the captain badge.

Anonymous said...

I think Sidney Crosby is a great player, he combinates a great performance with good technik!
I think he should get an "A"!