"And as Team Canada executive director Steve Yzerman put it: 'There will be more of a premium placed on skating.'"
And going by that, Nash does not make my team. And I will explain guys that don't make my version of team Canada.
Forwards - I like the idea of keeping Stamkos/St.Louis together and having Crosby centre the 2 of them. That is a very dangerous line where you never know if Stamkos will be the triggerman or if the other 2 will surprise with the shot or drive to the net when the D spreads out to cover Stamkos. 2nd line keeps chemistry with a speedy dangler added to the mix. 3rd line has a Selke style shutdown centre with a big body in Staal for the cycle and another triggerman in Giroux. That line would have speed, size and has 3 forwards that are great on the cycle. 4th line, that's just a dirty shutdown line. Bergeron, another Selke finalist will be the defensive zone faceoff king and with Lucic and Ladd hitting everything in sight and adding 4th line scoring, team Canada could have a better element than throwing out a disappearing act Shark line this time around.
Neal - nothing more than a good shot. He's normally lazy, doesn't battle enough and isn't a strong enough skater to get into his shooting positions on the large ice in a timely manner.
Hall/Eberle - Both really good players who would be even better on the large ice, but they are both not strong enough and aren't the go-to guys they were in Jr which is shown in Edmonton's playoff appearances lately.
Thornton/Nash - Both lack the intensity to make this squad. Both float a lot and I think they would both suffer on the big ice.
Defense - I kept to the system of having OFD/DFD or OFD/TWD and not loading up on OFD like an idiot and sacrificing D to try and outscore teams that may have equivalent forwards to us. USA, Sweden, Russia...we don't want to trade goals with them especially if Luongo fails in goal. I added in Boyle and Alzner as my extras to have an OFD and a DFD ready to jump in depending on who would go down.
Bouwmeester/Hamhuis/Phaneuf/Vlasic - Alzner is higher on my list cause of his outstanding defensive game and he's my extra DFD.
Subban/Letang - Both horrific in the D zone. I don't want that anywhere near the Norris let alone an olympic team defending the best the rest of the world has to offer. ALL of the Dmen I chose above have a superior D zone game to them essentially canning them from my team. I hope like hell neither of them get a spot. Yzerman should know better being one of the best 2-way forwards ever to play the game.
Goal - Luongo will be on fire this year, unfortunately though cause I hate the Cansucks. He will take the #1 G-spot and let everyone know he's the best goalie in Canada not named Marty Brodeur, whom apparently isn't invited, though Price is???
Which brings me to Price. He's been MAF like the past couple years, which I'm fine with cause eff the Habs... I don't want that inconsistency anywhere close to the olympics.
Everyone on the team I picked is a strong skater, and knows how to battle and win hockey games. The last thing I want to see is a team that's 100% balls to the wall offense, cause that team will lose to USA or Sweden whom have teams that are pretty close to as strong, but with as good if not better goalies in Quick and Lundqvist. We need skill, size and DEFENSE! If we don't have the role players that keep the puck out of the net, it'll be 2006 all over again. At least this time, Pronger won't have his own lounge area in the penalty box.