Hockey

Thursday Dec. 5, 2013 12:17

10 NHL players on Team Canada's bubble

There's one month left to impress for these elite NHL players who find themselves on the brink of being left off the Olympic team. 

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    Matt Duchene has cooled off since his hot start with the Colorado Avalanche, running into some injury problems too. The forward from Haliburton, Ont. is only 22 years old and could gain valuable experience in Sochi. (Frederick Breedon/Getty)

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    Martin St. Louis has shown strong leadership since the injury to Steven Stamkos. The reliable forward, however, was left of the 2010 Vancouver team and age is not on his side. (Jeff Gross/Getty)

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    Corey Crawford backstopped the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup. But it still might not be enough to crack Team Canada's crease. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

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    Jay Bouwmeester finds himself in a crunch to make Team Canada. But as a left-handed defenceman who plays well with likely pick Alex Pietrangelo, his odds of making Team Canada get a boost. (Patrick Smith/Getty)

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    Prior to the season, Claude Giroux seemed like a lock to make Team Canada. Not so much now after he recently went through a 21-game goalless drought. (Elsa/Getty)

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    Dion Phaneuf remains a longshot to make Team Canada. But the hard-hitting Leafs defenceman is having a strong season so far. (Jared Wickerham/Getty)

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    Pittsburgh Penguins' Chris Kunitz isn't a star in the NHL, but he is Sidney Crosby's preferred linemate. Is that chemistry enough to get the Regina-born forward a ticket to Sochi? (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

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    Winnipeg Jets captain Andrew Ladd is one of those nice surprises, working his way into the Team Canada mix. But with so much depth at forward, he's facing a difficult battle. (Marianne Helm/Getty)

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    San Jose's Marc-Edouard Vlasic is a rare commodity among top Canadian defencemen since he's a left-handed shot. (Bruce Bennett/Getty)

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    The knock on Edmonton's Taylor Hall is that he has defensive weaknesses and a tendency to cough up the puck. Not going to put him in Mike Babcock's good books. But he's a great skater with a soft touch — could be great on the big ice. (Derek Leung/Getty)

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