Reaction To Team Canada…

BallHype: hype it up!

My reaction coming on the podcast in stereo at 8pm ET but here is Ryan’s take on Team Canada.

Here are the 23 players named to Team Canada’s Olympic roster by Steve Yzerman:
Sidney Crosby
Jarome Iginla
Jonathan Toews
Rick Nash
Eric Staal
Mike Richards
Brendan Morrow
Dany Heatley
Joe Thornton
Ryan Getzlaf
Patrick Marleau
Corey Perry
Patrice Bergeron
Chris Pronger
Shea Weber
Brent Seabrook
Scott Niedermayer
Dan Boyle
Drew Doughty
Duncan Keith
Martin Brodeur
Roberto Luongo
Marc-Andre Fleury

In my roster prediction last night, I had Mike Fisher, Martin St. Louis, Shane Doan, and Jay Bouwmeester on the team instead of Patrice Bergeron, Eric Staal, Mike Richards, and Drew Doughty.

I like the roster that Yzerman has put together, but would’ve liked to see Jay-Bo and St. Louis. Don’t get me wrong, Doughty has definitely earned his Olympic bid; Bouwmeester is a versatile defenseman with more experience. And St. Louis brings a veteran presence who can be slotted on any line. But that’s why I’m not officially picking the team.

Looking at the possible line combinations… I think you could see Crosby, Iginla, and Nash on the top line; Toews or Staal put alongside Getzlaf and Perry; the Sharks trio of Marleau, Heatley, and Thornton on the ‘third’ line; Morrow, Richards, and maybe Toews on the fourth line. I don’t know what the strategy will be with Bergeron, whether if he’s the 4th line center or the 13th forward. We’ll wait and see.

On defense, I like how Pronger and Niedermayer along with Keith and Seabrook can be blue-line pairings. Which leaves us with Boyle and Weber as another pairing, with Doughty as the potential extra D-man.

We can expect to see Luongo and Brodeur to battle it out over the next four to six weeks for the starter spot. I have a hunch Brodeur will get the nod. Fleury should be the emergency net-minder.

The snub list is too long to dive in to… but I know Mike Green is not a happy camper today. Shall injuries occur next month, though, Yzerman has a lot of choices as far as replacements go.

Coach Mike Babcock certainly will have some tough decisions in a month or so, but it’s a great problem to have. There’s no reason why this team shouldn’t win Gold on home-ice in Vancouver. Every ingredient is included on Team Canada, and will be heavy favorites when February rolls around.

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