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CBC Sports - Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013 13:44 ET

Corey Perry brings big-time scoring to Team Canada

Ducks winger on hot seat in Week 10 of Olympic hockey power rankings

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Anaheim Ducks winger Corey Perry scored four goals in seven games at the Vancouver Olympics, and brings big-time offence to Team Canada. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

In Week 10 of our Olympic hockey power rankings, CBCSports.ca senior writer Tim Wharnsby ranks 30 Canadian skaters according to their performance over the past seven days. Each week, Tim and Guillaume Lefrançois of Radio-Canada also debate one player in greater detail.

This week the discussion focuses on Corey Perry of the Anaheim Ducks.

TW: Corey Perry is the not swiftest skater. He’s not the strongest. He’s not the most skilled. But the 28-year-old from Peterborough, Ont., can score, especially in those difficult areas around the crease. Since the 2010 Winter Olympics, the only Canadian NHLer who has scored more times than Perry’s 124 goals is super-sniper Steven Stamkos with 164.

Perry and his Anaheim Ducks linemate Ryan Getzlaf have been so good for each other and haven’t slowed down this season, as evident by Perry’s 18 goals, third behind Alex Ovechkin and Alex Steen.

Perry’s production also doesn’t diminish in the big games. He has 18 goals in 61 Stanley Cup playoff games. He scored four times in seven outings at the Vancouver Olympics and he has scored another five goals in 14 games for Canada at two world championships.

The only concern about Perry is he suffers from the occasional bout of bad behaviour. He has 30 penalty minutes in 32 games this season, but he was a model player at the 2010 Winter Games with only one minor penalty in seven games.

GL: There’s absolutely no doubt in my mind that Corey Perry’s name will be on Team Canada’s roster on Jan. 7th. He will be part of a strong right side, along with Rick Nash, Steven Stamkos (if healthy), and guys like Claude Giroux or James Neal.

With 33 points in 32 games so far this season, Perry is showing that his subpar last two seasons – statistically – were aberrations. He is back to being the point-per-game player he was from 2008 to 2011.

What I find more intriguing is how Perry will be used. I must admit, the numbers he is putting up with Getzlaf are off the charts. But is there room for Getzlaf at centre, a position so stacked that John Tavares is the third guy in the hierarchy? Also, I’m not sure having two big bodies like Perry and Getzlaf on the same line on the larger ice is the smartest idea.

On the other hand, a Couture-Toews-Perry line sounds rather good, as Perry would be paired with two very responsible players.

Forwards
1. Sidney Crosby

Key Stat: League leader checked in with 2 goals and 6 points in 3 games
Tim says: The Kid continues to play at the top of his game.
Previous ranking: 1
2. Ryan Getzlaf

Key stat: 13-game point streak
Tim says: Is there anyone playing better right now than this Duck?
Previous ranking: 5
  3. Corey Perry

Key stat: Third in NHL in goals scored with 18
Tim says: Perry and Getzlaf have been magic together.
Previous ranking: 3
4. Jonathan Toews

Key stat: He has slumped with just 2 assists in last 4 games
Tim says: Canada will be strong down the middle with Crosby, Toews and Getzlaf.
Previous ranking: 2
5. John Tavares

Key stat: A minus-4 and no points in last two games
Tim says: Tough go for the young man right now as Islanders struggle.
Previous ranking: 4
6. Patrice Bergeron

Key stat: One of the game's best faceoff men at 59.7 per cent
Tim says: He's a defensive specialist who can contribute offensively.
Previous ranking: 7
7. Logan Couture

Key stat: Just an assist and minus-3 in Sharks' 3-game losing streak
Tim says: The swift skater still needs a strong finish before Oly roster is finalized.
Previous ranking: 6
8. Eric Staal

Key stat: He has a 4-game point streak
Tim says: The Hurricanes captain has picked up the pace.
Previous ranking: 9
9. Claude Giroux

Key stat: Ouch, a minus-3 game versus Dallas on Saturday
Tim says: Giroux has played better, but needs to keep improving.
Previous ranking: 8
10. Rick Nash

Key stat: Cooled a bit with only 1 goal in 4 games
Tim says: It's still early for him because of his recovery from the concussion.
Previous ranking: 11
11. Martin St. Louis

Key stat: A GWG, 2 goals, 3 pts in 2 games
Tim says: He continues to play well without Stamkos.
Previous ranking: 12
12. Tyler Seguin

Key stat: A big hat trick versus the Flyers on Thursday
Tim says: He's two games back from a concussion and playing well.
Previous ranking: 13
13. Mike Richards

Key stat: 3 assists in 3 games
Tim says: Another forward who can play at both ends of the rink.
Previous ranking: 14
14. Patrick Sharp

Key stat: A minus-3 in three games, but scored a goal and 3 points in last game
Tim says: He needs a strong finish because there is a lot of depth on the right side.
Previous ranking: 15
15. Joe Thornton

Key stat: A minus-4 in last 2 games and had an 8-game point streak snapped
Tim says: He still can produce points.
Previous ranking: 16
16. Chris Kunitz

Key stat: 3 goals, 4 points in last 3 games
Tim says: He's on the radar because of his chemistry with Crosby.
Previous ranking: 17
17. Milan Lucic

Key stat: 6 points in last 4 games
Tim says: Back in the picture. He's been a bull for the Bruins lately.
Previous ranking: N/A
18. James Neal

Key stat: 3 goals, 6 points in last 4 games
Tim says: Serving 5-game ban after kneeing incident on Brad Marchand.
Previous ranking: 18
19. Matt Duchene

Key stat: 1 assist in 6 games since returning from injury
Tim says: He has struggled since suffering an oblique injury last month.
Previous ranking: 10
  20. Steven Stamkos

Key stat: Suffered a broken right tibia on Nov. 11 against Boston
Tim says: He has targeted Feb. 6 as his return date.
Previous ranking: 20
Defencemen
1. Drew Doughty

Key stat: Played a whopping 30:49 versus Anaheim last week
Tim says: He plays a lot of minutes and has cut down on his mistakes.
Previous ranking: 2
2. Duncan Keith

Key Stat: Just 1 assist in 4 games
Tim says: Still leads all Canadian defenceman with 25 points in 32 games.
Previous ranking: 1
3. Shea Weber

Key stat: Returned from an eye injury on Saturday and checked in with an assist
Tim says: Yes, he has a big shot. But he also can be a shutdown guy.
Previous ranking: 3
4. P.K. Subban

Key stat: Leads all Canadian defencemen with 94 shots on goal
Tim says: Is there a Canadian defencemen playing better right now?
Previous ranking: 6
  5. Marc-Edouard Vlasic

Key stat: 1 goal in 4 games
Tim says: He's so steady in both ends.
Previous ranking: 5
6. Jay Bouwmeester

Key stat: 3 more points, and a ton of energy
Tim says: One of the best skaters in the league.
Previous ranking: 7
7. Alex Pietrangelo

Key stat: Struggled with a minus-3 game versus Anaheim
Tim says: One bad game won't scratch this talent from the Canadian roster.
Previous ranking: 4
  8. Brent Seabrook

Key stat: His plus-14 is 7th best in the league
Tim says: Seabrook Keith have so much chemistry in all situations.
Previous ranking: 8
  9. Kristopher Letang

Key stat: He went a minus-2 in a key game versus Boston on Saturday
Tim says: Still needs to be more consistent in his own end.
Previous ranking: 9
10. Jason Garrison

Key stat: Difficult to ignore his 4-game point streak that includes a goal and 6 points
Tim says: A long shot because of his play in his own end.
Previous ranking: N/A

Knocked off the list this week: Jason Spezza and Dan Boyle

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