Team Canada Roster for Sochi 2014 as picked by Jeff

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The results will be in shortly from the actual source but like so many others here is my Team Canada if I was picking the team for Stevie Y.

Goaltenders

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Roberto Louongo – The incumbent starter and will head to Sochi as the number one but will he hold on to that title?

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Carey Price – He’ll get his chances to take the reigns and if Louongo has an off game Price will be the man, he’s also my early favorite to be the starter in 2018.

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Mike Smith -Well deserved to make this team but will have to be a moral supporter as the third goalie.

Defense

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Shea Weber – One of several defenceman that return from the 2010 team and one of the locks to be on everyone’s team.

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Drew Doughty – Also a carry over from 2010 when he was still bright eyed and bushy tailed. Four years later he’s added a Stanley Cup to go with his gold medal. Look for him to be paired with Weber to start off with on the top pair.

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Duncan Keith – Another no doubter and while Doughty added a Stanley Cup, Keith has added two.

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Brent Seabrook – In a short tournament you can never underestimate chemistry. It paid off in 2010 and I think it will in 2014 as well.

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Alex Pietrangelo – As solid as they come on the blue line when Pietrangelo lines up on your third pairing you’re looking pretty good.

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Jay Boumeester – See Seabrook. Chemistry and being able to have two regular defense pairings will make life that much easier for the coaches and can add some much needed stability while the forwards adapt to each other. Plus his skating on the big ice can not be overlooked.

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PK Subban – If he is not selected it won’t be for lack of intensity but perhaps too much of it. His role to start will be of cheerleader but if he makes the most of his chances could bump out Seabrook or Boumeester for playing time.

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Travis Hamonic – For your eighth and final defenseman I have Hamonic slotting in. He’s a guy who can play physical when called upon and won’t complain about his spot on the depth chart.

Forwards

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Sydney Crosby – Duh! The only question regarding Crosby on this team is does he wear the C or not. He will centre the top line.

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Rick Nash – He has played well with Crosby in the past and will start on his right wing. He’s proven himself in past international tournaments to make up for a so so season so far.

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Jonathan Tavares – I have him sliding over to the left wing to play alongside Crosby. Both players can pass and score and putting them with a natural scorer like Nash should be deadly. Tavares has experience on the big ice and has excelled which gives him the chance to play on the top line.

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Ryan Getzlaf – Big, strong and knows how to put the puck in the net. He’ll centre the second line.

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Corey Perry – Look for Perry to find himself on the wing with Getzlaf. This is another pick that really needs no defense.

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Eric Staal – I’ve seen him left off a lot of teams but his size and skill and chemistry with some of the returning players will have him on the team. He’ll start playing with Getzlaf and Perry on the wing.

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Jonathan Toews – The other candidate to wear the C, captain serious is an obvious selection and only a fool would leave him off this roster.

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Patrick Sharp – Toews teammate will line up beside him on the wing. Sharp can do it all and is a perfect fit on the third line that will be relied on to put the puck in the net just as much as the top two lines.

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Martin St. Louis – If Steven Stamkos is healthy these two would play together but I don’t think Stamkos will go and if I’m Steve Yzerman I don’t risk losing him for the rest of the season by rushing him back to early no matter how much he wants to be part of team Canada. Because of that St. Louis finds himself with a pair of Blackhawks and gets is shot at Olympic glory after being passed over in 2010.

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Joe Thornton – Jumbo Joe has been left off many projected line ups but the NHL assist leader has to be on this team and will be asked on to play a checking role much like he did previously with Shane Doan and Kris Draper. Who didn’t love the DDT line? His size and strength plus his willingness to do whatever is asked for him are the intangibles that gives him the nod at centre on my forth line.

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Patrice Bergeron – While I have him starting out on my forth line and playing wing we all know that Bergeron will be used as the key face off man, a role he excelled in during the 2010 games.

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Andrew Ladd – Perhaps the hardest choice was selecting Ladd over Milan Lucic. The deciding factor is that Ladd I feel will be a better fit in the checking role and will be less likely to take penalties.

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Matt Duchene – The young centre draws in as the first of two extra forwards thanks to Stamkos’s injury. He’s been streaky this season but when he’s been on, he’s been one of the main reason Colorado has found success.

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Jordan Eberle – Eberle gets the last spot, he’s had great success representing Canada and has been one of those players who raises his game when it counts most. You can’t teach clutch and you shouldn’t overlook it either. Both Duchene and Eberle are young players who will be key parts of future Canadian teams and will have no issue being the 13 and 14th forwards with minimal opportunity but both add very unique skills that can still help Canada to gold.