What would Team Canada 2 look like?
Olympic announcement left plenty of stars on outside looking in
It is said time and time again Canada is so deep in hockey talent it could send two teams that would both have a chance to win a medal.
So with the announcement of the 25 players that will represent Canada at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics in February, we thought it would be interesting to see what Team Canada II might look like.
Here are our suggestions:
- Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning: He should be on the main team. St. Louis had led all NHL scorers with 294 points since the 2010 Games at the time of the announcement of the team.
- Claude Giroux, Philadelphia Flyers: Sure he had a horrible start with no goals in 15 games, but he has recovered nicely and has game-breaking ability.
- Logan Couture, San Jose Sharks: If he was kept off Team Canada because of a hand injury, fair enough. But there is no denying he is a gritty two-way star.
- Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks: He is sixth in NHL scoring with 48 points in 44 games. Nuff said.
- Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes: He has not been the scoring threat he was earlier in his career, but he is a versatile performer who can play centre or wing.
- Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators: A creative offensive force who has worked hard over the years to be a more responsible two-way performer.
- Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars: After being run out of Boston, the young centre has taken his game to the next level and could be a top 10 scorer this season.
- Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers: Hall is an elite scorer and has a winning background.
- Andrew Ladd, Winnipeg Jets: A natural left-winger, Ladd plays a responsible game and is a leader.
- Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes: Skinner is a swift, creative scoring threat every time he is on the ice.
- Wayne Simmonds, Philadelphia Flyers: Simmonds has the wheels to be effective on the big ice and provides reliable secondary scoring. Plus he hits really, really hard.
- Mike Richards, Los Angeles Kings: Bottom line: He’s a winner.
- Brian Campbell, Florida Panthers: Veteran defender has amazing wheels and provides consistent offence.
- Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks: Age is just a state of mind in this guy’s world. His experience counts for lots.
- Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks: Third-leading scorer among defenceman in the NHL has an Olympic gold and two Stanley Cups to his credit. Duh!
- Dion Phaneuf, Toronto Maple Leafs: Routinely shuts down the top scorers on every team the Maple Leafs face.
- Marc Staal, New York Rangers: Injuries have threatened his career, but Staal keeps on fighting back and is a solid stay-at-home guy.
- Kevin Bieksa, Vancouver Canucks: He plays the game with enthusiasm and grit…and is pretty good, too.
- Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins: Leads the NHL in wins with 25 and has won the Stanley Cup.
- Josh Harding, Minnesota Wild: His story (continuing to play with MS) is enticing, but so is the fact he is 18-7-3.
- Corey Crawford, Chicago Blackhawks: Led the Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last season and is 17-6-5 this season.