With the loss of Steven Stamkos for an unknown period of time the search is on for a possible replacement for the exceptionally talented Tampa Bay Lightning forward. One of the names in the ring is Joffrey Lupul. According to a report from the Toronto Star, in addition to the invites to Orientation Camp the Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman and his crew sent out emails to several players telling them to not count themselves out. One of the players that received one of these emails was in fact Lupul.
When asked about his Olympic possibility Lupul had this to say to the Toronto Star:
“For me, my focus is on this team (Leafs) and helping it win, but things like (the Olympics) are on the back of your mind for sure,” Lupul said.
“Whatever happens, happens, and . . . I have at least elevated my game to where I’m in the conversation. But everyone there is a capable player and they will have a lot of guys who can step in (for Stamkos).”
I believe that Lupul would be a great addition to Team Canada. His numbers this season are underwhelming compared to Stamkos. He has 12 points in 15 games this season as compared to the 23 points in 17 games that Stamkos has. However Lupul has the drive to get to the level he needs to be to represent his country in the Olympic games in February.
What do you think? Will Lupul make the Olympic team? Who else could take Stamkos’s spot? Will Stamkos miss the games at all? Share your thoughts in the comment box below, on facebook, or on twitter.