Candidates for Team Canada’s roster for Vancouver 2010

Steve Yzerman, Team Canada’s GM, is planning on making the announcement of Canada’s final roster on December 30, 2009, a little more than a week from now. Yzerman will name his 23 man roster during the World Junior tournament in Saskatoon, Canada.

Below you will find the three groupings for the 2010 Olympic hockey tournament:

GROUP A: Canada, United States, Norway, Switzerland

GROUP B: Russia, Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovakia

GROUP C: Finland, Sweden, Germany, Belarus

The countries in bold are the four tournament favorites, without disrespect to the other eight countries.

Tournament format:
Each team will play the round robin portion of the tournament, facing the other three teams of their respective group and the best four records will advance to the quarter-finals.

Then the remaining eight teams will move on to play a qualifying playoff round to decide the other four quarter-final spots. The final eight teams will face each other in the quarter-finals until the Gold Medal Winner is decided.

Canada’s schedule will be fairly easy as they will play their first game on February 16th against a weak Norwegian team. Norway is most likely the tournament’s weakest team and should give Canada an opportunity to find some chemistry and chase those olympic butterflies.

After that game Canada has a day off, before they take on the Swiss on the 18th. Finally, Team Canada will conclude the round-robin portion of their tournament with a emotional match-up against their North American foe, the United States.


Who would you select as Team Canada’s captain?
Scott Niedermayer?
Jarome Iginla?
Sidney Crosby?

I would personnally give the C to Niedermayer as he is a proven winner with plenty of experience in the NHL and on the international level. Iginla and Crosby are great leaders too, but Niedermayer is the most experienced.

Potential final line-up for Team Canada:
Forwards:
R. Nash-S. Crosby-J. Iginla
B. Richards-R. Getzlaf-C. Perry
P. Marleau-J.Thornton-D.Heatley
R.Smyth-M. Richards-E. Staal
Jonathan Toews as the 13th forward.

Defensemen:
C. Pronger-S. Niedermayer
D. Keith-M. Green
D. Boyle-S. Weber
Drew Doughty as the 7th defensemen.

Goalies:
M. Brodeur
R. Luongo
M-A Fleury

Noteworthy considerations:
Forwards:
Shane Doan, Patrice Bergeron, Mike Fisher, Michael Cammalleri, Brendan Morrow, Martin St-Louis, Dustin Penner, Vincent Lecavalier, Steven Stamkos, Jeff Carter, Jordan Staal

Defensemen:
Brent Seabrook, Jay Bouwmeester, Dion Phaneuf, Stephane Robidas, Robyn Regehr, Brent Burns

Goaltenders:
Cam Ward, Carey Price, Steve Mason

Who would you pick on your team as of December 21st, 2009?

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  1. Mike says:

    Vinny Lecavalier has to be there! He is a leader and a winner. Let’s hope his bad start doesn’t put him out of the team….

  2. Dom G. says:

    There’s no way Phaneuf will be left out… It will cost Boyle’s spot (unfortunately).  B. Richards is probably going to be snubbed, which will open a spot for Vinny. Or maybe (sigh) Doan… ? I hope not ! I’d rather see St-Louis than Staal, but I believe Stevie Y. will go for the big guy.
    Good picks, though :)

  3. Paul Pot says:

    Vincent Lecavalier, Brad Richards, Ryan Smyth et Mike Green ne seront pas sélectionnés par Steve Yzerman. Ils seront remplacés par Shane Doan, Brendan Morrow, Jordan Staal, Martin St-Louis & Dion Phaneuf

  4. Fred Poulin says:

    Mike = Vinny has played well lately and Yzerman really like his game so I wouldn’t be surprise if he makes the team but he is a long shot.
    Dom = Phaneuf? Bouwmeester has much more chance of making the team than Dion! Green or Doughty will likely be the 7th d-man.
    Paul = Shane Doan a une saison de misère, j’espère qu’il ne sera pas choisi. Morrow et St-Louis sont ceux qui risquent le plus de faire l’équipe.

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