Sunday, August 10, 2008

Canadian Olympic Team

The Beijing Summer Olympics are underway. I thought I would make up a Canadian Olympic hockey team. These are the players I would put on a team if they played today. This is not a prediction for the 2010 Olympics where we imagine players are two year older than they are now and maybe some young players who are not Olympic ready have matured or that older players who are Olympic calibre today might no longer be at that time.

Here is my proposed team:

Martin Brodeur New Jersey Devils
Jean-Sebastien Giguere Anaheim Ducks
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks

Jay Bouwmeester Florida Panthers
Brian Campbell Chicago Blackhawks
Ed Jovanovski Phoenix Coyotes
Scott Niedermayer Anaheim Ducks
Dion Phaneuf Calgary Flames
Chris Pronger Anaheim Ducks
Wade Redden New York Rangers

Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Shane Doan Phoenix Coyotes
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Dany Heatley Ottawa Senators
Jarome Iginla Calgary Flames
Vincent LeCavalier Tampa Bay Lightning
Brendan Morrow Dallas Stars
Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets
Mike Richards Philadelphia Flyers
Martin St Louis Tampa Bay Lightning
Jason Spezza Ottawa Senators
Eric Staal Carolina Hurricanes
Joe Thornton San Jose Sharks

Jason Arnott Nashville Predators
Robyn Regehr Calgary Flames
Marc Savard Boston Bruins

This is the team I would field for Canada if there was an Olympic tournament right now. I am assuming the same roster structure as the last Olympics.

Niedermayer may not even be playing anymore. Redden and Spezza are too inconsistent. You need to be looking at Brent Burns, Mike Green and Jonathan Toews. You could do better with your reserves too. Remember everyone is going to be a couple years older. Corey Perry, Jeff Carter and Shea Weber are rising stars. I'd rather go with Brad Richards than Jason Arnott.
As I said, I am picking a team for today not 2010
You're an oaf.
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