Today was the big day for Olympic rosters as Canada, Sweden and Russia all announced their rosters for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi and all three teams have very strong rosters heading into the games. But for this post, we’re going to focus on the main nation Canada.
The biggest thing to remember when looking at Team Canada or trying to pick their team, is the amount of talent and depth there is
throughout the NHL. Canada has enough talent to ice two competitive teams at the Olympics- that’s how deep the pool was for the Canadian management to pick from.
With so much talent to choose from there were bound to be a few omissions and surprises when the roster was announced and there were certainly a few surprises this afternoon, but for the most part Canada still stands.
There were many locks like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Patrice Bergeron and the three net minders- Carey Price, Roberto Luongo and Mike Smith. Then there were surprises like Rick Nash who made the team on his superstar reputation despite never being a superstar, Patrick Marleau, Jamie Benn and Marc Edouard Vlasic.
With locks and surprises there are always snubs and there were a few pretty notable ones for Team Canada. The Bobby Ryan of team Canada has to be Marty St. Louis and other notable snubs include Claude Giroux, Eric Staal and Dan Boyle.
Canada tried to take as many players with both skill and speed, but also wanted to bring pre-made chemistry hence the inclusion of Chris Kunitz. Canada has the offence to score, but can their defence get the job done?
Canada has always been the leading nation for hockey, but if the World Juniors have taught us anything the rest of the world is catching up to Canada as of late. Can Canada continue to dominate at the Olympic level? They barely stole the gold away from the USA last year. Does Canada have the skill and power to repeat as the gold medal winners at the 2014 Sochi Olympics?