Team Canada 2010 Logo


The Olympics are approximately three months away. Team Canada’s roster will be announced on December 31st. That gives Olympic hopefuls only six or seven more weeks to show what they can bring to help Canada recapture their 2002 form after a horrendous showing at the 2006 games in Turin, Italy. This is the final version that I will put together, and the theme for this roster is “duos.” Instead of the prototypical scoring line/checking line/energy line format, I have put together four duos and then included four players that can rotate between the pairings depending on things like chemistry, health, and strategy.

 

Here are the previous Team Canada rosters that I put together:

 

From June 2008 – click here.

 

From February 2009 – click here.

 

Here are the four forward duos:

 

  1. Sidney Crosby – Rick Nash
  2. Ryan Getzlaf – Corey Perry
  3. Joe Thornton – Dany Heatley
  4. Steven Stamkos – Martin St. Louis

 

Crosby and Nash have clicked in the past. They are arguably Canada’s two most skilled forwards. Anyone could excel on the other wing – the obvious candidates are Jarome Iginla, Marty St. Louis, and Dany Heatley.

 

On the second line, I’m keeping the Ducks dynamic duo of Getzlaf and Perry together. Both are big, incredibly skilled, and aggressive. Both are also strong on the forecheck, which would open up some space for a sniper, perhaps a Jeff Carter or a Steven Stamkos? Both are natural centers, but are more finishers than playmakers. Getzlaf and Perry can both also finish as well but could just as easily play the role(s) of playmaker for a sniper on the line.

 

On the next line, I am sticking with the team theme, keeping San Jose’s Thornton and Heatley together. Like the two ahead of them, both are big, incredibly skilled, but they are not as aggressive. Thornton has proven he can play that role in past international competitions, and Heatley is arguably Canada’s most accomplished forward in the world right now. I think a forechecking presence on this line would work – someone who could retrieve loose pucks and let Thornton work his magic, while also opening up space for Heatley in the slot and around the net. Some potential fits – Mike Richards, Jonathan Toews, James Neal, Brenden Morrow. Neal isn’t a household name (yet), but his combination of speed, size, and skill make him a great choice for this team if he can keep his torrid pace up. Richards and Toews are both centers but could shift to the wing, or Thornton could do the same instead.

 

I refrained from putting together my (and many other’s) dream checking line of Morrow-Richards and Shane Doan, as I think the duos will allow Canada to gain and maintain chemistry throughout the tournament. Like the playoffs, the Olympics aren’t won by the best team, they are won by the team playing the best. And with the players I have included, a checking line could definitely be put together if need be.

 

I don’t see any way Stamkos can be left off of Canada’s roster. He and St. Louis are my final duo, sticking with the team/chemistry theme. Like the Thornton-Heatley line, a forechecking presence would work well here, as Marty is a talented playmaker and Stamkos has one of the most lethal releases in the entire league. Options would of course be Morrow, Toews, Doan, and Neal.

 

The notable glaring omission is Vincent Lecavalier. I just don’t see a spot for him, especially with how well so many other Canadian players are playing right now. Jason Spezza doesn’t do enough besides put up points to make the team, and Marc Savard is still hurt. He brings a ton and would have probably been on my team had he not been sidelined with a broken foot.

 

On defense, I still have four locks: Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Jay Bouwmeester, and Shea Weber. After those two, there are a ton of candidates. Mike Green may not be a lockdown defender, but he is so dynamic and such a game breaker, that I can’t see him being left off of the team. Worst-case scenario is that he is brought in as the seventh defenseman and sees mostly power play duty. Dion Phaneuf has had a great start but he doesn’t bring enough stability to warrant a spot over Duncan Keith. Keith is an unbelievable skater, and he is able to cover so much ice both offensively and defensively. He makes smart decisions with the puck, and he can log tough minutes. Drew Doughty plays the game like a veteran, and he also brings stability on the back end. Of the six I have selected, Green and Weber would see the most power play time, with Bouwmeester and Pronger on the first defensive unit. The fact that Phaneuf is on pace for 27 goals and is off the roster shows just how well Keith and Doughty are playing.

 

In goal, not much has changed. The three best goalies will go. Brodeur is playing like the starter right now, but don’t be surprised if Luongo starts to make a charge – he shook off the early season cobwebs and has looked stellar since returning from injury.

 

The final roster:

 

Nash-Crosby-Iginla (alternate)

Carter-Getzlaf-Perry

Heatley-Richards-Thornton

Morrow-Stamkos-St. Louis

Toews

 

Pronger (alternate)-Bouwmeester

Weber-Niedermayer (captain)

Green-Keith

Doughty

 

Brodeur

Luongo

Fleury

 

 

 


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KFV said:

KFV
wtf! TSN stole your idea dude!
November 24, 2009
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Larry said:

Rollie1967
injuries will factor As much as i would love to see Smyth on the team- his injury may still be a factor- Doan and Morrow havent been their usual all-star selves- which should open the door for good 2 way players like Marleau and Richards. You will need guys to kill penalties- and shadow the likes of Ovechkin,Malkin and Zetterberg. Personally I wouldnt mind Perry being left off the team- too much of a hothead.
November 22, 2009
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Matt said:

SYP
... I think School Your Pool did a better job with their team Canada prediction.
November 18, 2009
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

JHM
... Big, mean, mobile, offensive upside. Four lines of it. Six D-men. The Russian Superstars won't be intimidated by it, but their secondary players may be. So Doan/Morrow would make the team if I picked. I want a strong level of experience. Sure a kiddy crew to sit in the stands (Doughty, Tavares and another) - but they have to be able to SHUT THEIR MOUTHS and BE HAPPY.

Truthfully, we all know who will make the team, with the exception of the third tender, the fifth, sixth & seventh D and all but about three forwards. Carter, Marleau, Perry, Richards, Stamkos, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Staal, Doan, Morrow are on the bubble. They all can play and play well on this team. Not MUST be there. (I really like Richards too).
November 18, 2009
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Fantasy Guru said:

Mr. Guru
... I think why everyone leaving negative feedback is because you have posted 3 versions and all of them have been different!

I understand that you had some guys pegged to play, like Sakic.

But answer me this Angus.

With no disrespect, in February you said "Heatley/Getzlaf/Nash trio must be kept together."

Now only 9 months later what happened to the trio that "must" be kept together? Those guys are all making the team, pending injury, but now you changed it to Crosby centering Nash and Iginla (which I also agree this line would be more effective, but thats not the point).

Also, you said Levacalier was a lock back in February, while he was having his worst since becoming a super star, and now he has 17 points in 18 and isn't even on the team anymore.

There are more examples, but I think you get the point. I think THAT is what everyone is so frustrated about. The lack of consistency, if you will.
November 17, 2009
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Guy Incognito said:

Guy Incognito
... "No way Doan gets left off this roster.... just won't happen. I don't see any reason for Toews to be there yet over Doan. I'd love to see Stamkos there, but I don't see him taking a spot over Doan either."

What has Doan done recently to guarantee himself a spot? He's got the second-worst +/- on his own team at -6. His point production is fine for a Tippett system, and +/- doesn't say everything without context, but the ranking on his own team is a concern. I like him and think he still gets consideration, but I don't see how he's a lock anymore.

Toews meanwhile despite playing only 13 games is second on his team at +8. He also has recent international success against the kinds of players that will be representing other countries, and his ridiculous shootout performance at the WJC should not be forgotten. He's clutch. He's also 62% on the draw - better than any other NHL player that will be in the games unless Gaustad goes for the US.

As for Stamkos, I think I saw on CBC or TSN recently that since the start of February 2009, Stamkos has more goals than anyone except Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Heatley and/or Nash. At any rate, he was top-5. Now perhaps they shouldn't be compared directly because they don't bring the same thing to the table, but you just can't leave a guy who might currently be Canada's most dynamic offensive player at home in favor of Doan. If Stamkos really cools off and shows that this long hot streak was really just a streak, then maybe. But I couldn't bear to go through 2006 again, watching Canada get shut out at the hands of Martin Gerber while Crosby's been left behind because he's young and raw. Stamkos has to go; he's basically becoming Heatley, only faster and capable of back-checking.
November 17, 2009
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Ryan Lenethen said:

DarthVain
Team Canada I Agree ---> Nash-Crosby-Iginla AWESOME!
I Agree ---> Heatley-Thornton

I think Carter, Getzlaf, Richards will all be on the team, but with Crosby and Thornton that is at least 5 centers. It will be interesting to see how they deal with this, and who will play wingers. If will be hard to pass these centers to go with natural wingers.

Stamkos-St. Louis I believe will be hard not to pick...

I also agree that Marrow/Richards/Doan would be sick... I would see this happening.

Defense is just as hard with so many options... However I do think Phaneuf is a lock for making the team. Boyle will also make a pretty good case.

Goalies are not worth mentioning as I agree, as it is the easiest decision, though even then there are many choices.
November 17, 2009
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Zorro said:

Zorro
... Personally I think Angus did a great job. It is his opinion and it seems pretty good to me. Obviously there are guys on there and guys missing that you aren't going to agree with. Too bad, you are not writing the article. Way to go Angus..

November 17, 2009
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kyle said:

little_boyes_semin
... Actually, it's played on the small ice surface. That's why I have Perry making my team over St. Louis.
November 17, 2009
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Jerome said:

Bluenorth
... I think Team Canada has to put an ultimate grind line together for this tourney. Heck, If I'm Yzerman, when I'm facing Ovechkin/Malkin/Semin, I'll want to make their job EXTRA complicated.

A line of Richards/Morrow/Doan would be AWESOME against any opponent.

My 2 cents.
November 17, 2009
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Rad64 said:

Rad64
Pronger
Do you think Pronger can still handle the big ice surface? I'd be more comfortable leaving him off the team. I can see a lot of dumb hooking, holding penalties coming up....
November 17, 2009
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sentium said:

Dakkster
... It's perfectly reasonable to do it in a duo fashion, since that's how Mike Babcock runs the Red Wings. He always looks at duos + a complementary player.
November 17, 2009
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kyle said:

little_boyes_semin
... you can't go with duos... you need to create lines that can play defensively against Ovechkin-Malkin-Semin and Kovalchuk-Datsyuk-Kovalev and Zetterberg-Backstrom-Forsberg and Parise-Stastny-Kane... also, you gotta keep people on the wing where they're comfortable. And if you put a center on the wing, you have to put him on the wing where he's familiar (ie Carter on the right).

Staal-Crosby-Nash
Heatley-Thornton-Perry
Marleau-Getzlaf-Iginla (Checking/defensive)
Morrow-Richards-Carter (Checking/defensive)
Stamkos

Weber Regehr (shutdown)
Boyle Keith
Pronger Niedermayer (re-united)
Doughty or J-Bo
November 17, 2009
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ryan said:

ridinryan44
... I don't think anyone is being negative here. I mean, let's be honest, it's not easy to pick a full team lineup when you have so many players to pick from. I think people are just responding to the lineups and adding their own opinions. I don't see anyone saying "you're an idiot" or things like that, just people adding in their own opinions about who they think will and won't make the team. You won't find any one "assumed" roster that isn't ridiculed in some way, shape, or form, far too many opinions out there to avoid that!

In my opinion if people only have a "problem" with one or two players, then that's a pretty big compliment. I think Angus can handle the criticism, as his contributions and respect in these forums is pretty apparent. No disrespect in my comment at all, Jeff, simply a disagreement on who might make it. I do believe there is room for that!
November 16, 2009
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akiberg said:

akiberg
... Nice Roster. However, one serious omission from this list was Captain Canada Ryan Smyth. He is having a great year so far and probably will be selected ahead of Morrow.
November 16, 2009
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Dave said:

mrmojorisin
. Sorry Angus, I wasn't trying to be negative and I truely enjoy all of your articles (even the ones I disagree with!) I was just pointing out that there are many options and the odds of younger guys like Doughty and one dementional players like Green making it are slim. Canada could easily ice 2 teams and everyones list is going to include/exclude certain players that someone else thinks should be there. I think any time you write something about "Team Canada" you are bound to stir up some emotion and strong opinions but hey - isn't that the point?
November 16, 2009
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... Yea, that was my line of thinking. Not really sure what the negative comments are about, I'm not here to pump my tires, just post my ideas for the lines and incite some discussion. At least I accomplished that... The reason I have made more teams is because of the fluidity of time. My first roster had Sakic on it! Things change over time.

Dan Boyle - could easily be on the team. No need to worry, he could easily beat Green out. I just see enough defensive talent that Green's offensive capabilities bring an element lacking.

Marleau could easily be there as well - he has great W/C versatility and could form a shutdown duo or line for sure. As for the penalty killers... Bouwmeester, Pronger, Weber, Niedermayer, Keith... Morrow, Richards, Carter, St. Louis, Crosby... these are all elite talents. Sometimes good players don't kill penalties because that is a role filled by a cheaper player on their NHL club.

November 16, 2009
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Glen Hoos said:

angelofharlem
... Wow, some harsh comments here. I think it`s a great team Angus, and I too think Canada should build around duos and even trios who have excelled together this season. For that reason, I would have Seabrook on the team, playing with Keith. I`d like to see Marleau playing with Thornton and Heatley, Getzlaf and Perry, Stamkos and St. Louis. Richards and Carter could be another duo - though they don`t play together at even strength, they`re very familiar with each other and play together on the PP.
November 16, 2009
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noglovenolove said:

noglovenolove
wow guys Give the guy a break, he's just sharing his opinion on what the team is gonna look like, you don't have to rip him for it. And there's 3 different versions because its an UPDATE not just a 3rd guess.

You all need to give your head a shake and show a little respect.
November 16, 2009
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saints said:

gmw
... perry and doughty aren't making the team...sorry.

and whats the point of making like, 3 -4 versions of team canada. make your prediction, and then stick by it...youve made so many versions, that when january rolls around you're going to trumpet all your right selections.

congrats.
November 16, 2009
Votes: -3

Donkey kong said:

ddp
... Green a game breaker? where was he in the playoffs last year? nowhere. No way he and Boyle both make the team and I'd take boyle over green anyday for more reason then just scoring.
November 16, 2009
Votes: +1

Pistol Pete said:

Pistolpete96
... Wouldn't it be great if Heatley was left off the team. . . then I wouldn't be inclined to cheer for Russia. . .
November 16, 2009
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bball said:

bballplyr321
... What forwards are going to kill penalties on this team? Marleau is on the number one penalty unit on the number one penalty kill in the league. AND he is tied for 3rd in scoring for the league. But I guess that is not all that important when you think about it. Toews is MUCH more deserving on this year alone where he has been out for half the season with a concussion. And you are going to take Bouwmeester and Weber over Boyle? Or was this just an oversight because I don't even see him mentioned on this list.

Thanks
November 16, 2009
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Jeff Angus said:

angus
... As I said, there are the right players in there to form a checking line. Doughty is fantastic defensively - how is he a sexy pick? Green is a point pick, sure, but he is a game breaker. Robyn Regehr is redundant on a team with four defensive studs like JBo, Weber, Pronger, and Nieds already. Keith ain't too shabby himself.



November 16, 2009
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ryan said:

ridinryan44
... No way Doan gets left off this roster.... just won't happen. I don't see any reason for Toews to be there yet over Doan. I'd love to see Stamkos there, but I don't see him taking a spot over Doan either.
November 16, 2009
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Dave said:

mrmojorisin
Sorry.... Everyone is going to have a different opinion for sure, but I think that you are putting your list together based on a poolies perspective and not a GM's. Doughty and Green are sexy point picks but guys like a Robin Regher or a Seabrook are far more likely. Stevie Y isn't looking to put together 4 scoring lines, he is looking to put together a "team" and Washington proves every year that simply trying to outscore your opponent isn't effective. Stamkos is going to have a tough time making it instead of guys like Smyth or Doan, in a short Tourney like this experience is invaluable. If you are looking for long shots then names like Robidas should be mentioned.
November 16, 2009
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praba said:

praba
... nice looking roster. i cant wait for 2010
November 16, 2009
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