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I have had some interesting debates in the past couple weeks and a lot of hockey fans get something extra to be excited about this year. It's coming down to the time for national hockey programs to get their lineups together for the olympics.
Being Canadian I will list my Team Canada roster and invite anyone to provide their input or subsequent rosters. I am not as aware of all the American potential but I know there are definitely some great players and would like to hear some input on who you think should be on Team USA. Anyway, Here is my Team Canada lineup.
Center - Crosby, Getzlaf, Thornton, M.Richards
Left Wing - Marleau, Nash, Heatley, , Morrow
Right Wing - Iginla, Perry, St Louis, Doan
And magic number 13 ...J.Carter
D- Pronger, Weber, Keith, Boyle, Seabrook, Bouwmeester
G - easy...Brodeur, Luongo,Fleury
I considered some of these guys based on past experience and representation as well as current production. There is also the option to put a 7th defenseman instead of 13 forwards. I tried to work around different line pairings and they all look ridiculous so the order they are in is the line they are on. What do you think? Who's in? Who's out? and where do they play?
Crosby and Nash would be a perfect offensive pair for Canada
st louis Does not work on any other any line so auto on crosby line. Heatley and Thorton are on the same team and Having two snipers (Heatley and Iginla) with one of the best centers in game is a good choice. Getzlaf and perry are on the same team so that works and Marleau works as the LW on the line. Doan richards and doan are all gritty players so that works. This is just my opinion.
Also possible D pairs
Pronger-neidmayer should be on the team
Weber-Green power play unit
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I like smyth over morrow. And I think someone like stamkos on the team will be good for everyone seeing a kid like that with so much jump in his step. Might get Joe moving a little faster when he sees a young guy like that out working him. And him and St. Louis have some unbelievable chemistry and heart.
Just trying to show some love for the Slovaks and Fins
M. Koivu-O. Jokinen-Selanne
T. Ruutu-S. Koivu-J. Jokinen
I envision Team USA looking something like this:
L1 - Parise / Stastny / Kane
L2 - vanRiemsdyk / Connolly / Kessel
L3 - Malone / Pavelski / Ryan
L4 - Brown / Kesler / Okposo
D1 - Rafalski / E. Johnson
D2 - Whitney / Bogosian
D3 - Goliogoski / Suter
G- Miller, Thomas, Anderson
Drury and Gomez make the team, too, and Gionta, Stafford, Backes, Wheeler, Dubinsky, J. Blake, Booth, Mueller, Byfuglien, Callahan, Carle, J. Johnson, and Wisiniewski all have a shot, as well.
I am Canadian and life is hockey. On youre Canadian team you dont have a good checking line( Milan Lucic) for example but I do think Brodeur is the best goalie around and will steal a game from Russia for the Gold.
Go Canada Go
Jube from Earlton, Northern, Ontario
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Soooo, Lucic would play on his own? I agree that a guy like Lucic brings energy to the team and maybe he gets on as the number 13 guy but I don't see him getting in the top 12. And if we talk about checking lines, all of these guys are incredible checkers they just happen to have the skill to go with it. Iginla, Nash, Morrow, Doan, Thornton, Carter, Richards are all great checkers. (I know Thornton has been criticized for it but he has traditionally played a checking role in international comp).
And I certainly hope it doesn't come down to Brodeur stealing the gold from Russia. But maybe it would be healthy revenge for Bryzgalov stealing the gold from us last year
yea definitely those guys are all good on the PP but green brings another offensive element to the table that these other guys dont have, he is unreal on the PP. and again, late in a game if Canada happens to be losing (hopefuly doesnt have) green suddenly becomes most important d man
This is totally what I want to see doubt it will happen though.
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I like your thinking. I think Smyth definitely has a right to be there and maybe gets in there instead of Morrow on my list. For Stamkos, as much as he has played his heart out I'm not sure he gets the chance but I think it could be a toss up between him M.Richards, and J.Carter. I definitely don't think he takes Perry's spot in the lineup. As much as Perry might be an a-hole with a bad attitude, I think he is pretty close to the epitome of what Yzerman wants on this team.
As for Team USA I didn't know Kesler was American. And I think Rolston gets in that lineup somewhere.
First off I'll try to fill in your question marks.
The russians will probably fill their forwards with Kozlov, but I can't think of another russian defenseman either.
I would think Sweden will have Ohlund on D for sure, and Holmstrom on forward. Also I don't think you can rule out Berglund on the Blues as an outside chance.
As for the Americans, Ryan Malone will be there almost guarenteed. And isn't Bobby Ryan american? If he is I think he'll get the nod as well. Also Komisarek should get a long look, especially because he's on the Leafs, same goes for Blake if he gets hot.
Now here's my full roster for Canada:
Nash - Crosby - Iginla
E. Staal - Getzlaf - Perry
Heatley - Thornton - St. Louis
Morrow - M. Richards - Doan
13th - Smyth - Because I think the 13th should be a guy with experience and a guy who can enter the lineup on either the 4th line or the 1st line with equal success.
Neidermayer - Pronger
Bouwmeester - Keith
Weber - Boyle
7th - Regehr - Same reason as above. I'd rather have someone step in who has been there before and who won't hurt defensively. That's why it isn't Phaneuf or Green.
Brodeur - Luongo - Fleury
So there it is. I tried to stay away from centres playing wing, as you can see I just have Staal in that position. The forward lines are made primarily due to chemistry among NHL teammates. As for the defense, the pairs are supposed to each have one skating puckhandler, and one checker with a heavy shot.
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Doughty would be an interesting choice. Not sure He is ready for this kind of competition but definitely deserves some consideration. He has been playing extremely well. He is a key reason for the success of the Kings so far.
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