Who would I pick?
I have very different views on who could make team Canada 2006, no Mike Fisher or Chris Phillips…(Sorry, they’re good hockey players, just not good enough!) So who would I pick for the team?So guys who get consideration:
Goalies – Brodeur, Turco, Belfour, Luongo, Joseph, Thedore.
I wouldn’t pick Belfour because he can’t take those extra games, Brodeur is a given. Never been a fan of Marty Turco, and would rather see Luongo or Theodore make the team. Belfour will make it because of Quinn though, just like the World Cup. Joseph has fallen off since he joined the Wings, though he had a good playoffs, don’t expect it.
Leafy: Brodeur, Luongo, Theodore
Gretzky: Brodeur, Beflour, Luongo
Defense – Pronger, Blake, MacInnis, Foote, Brewer, McCabe, Souray, Aucoin, Jovanovski, Neidermayer, Desjardins, Bouwmeester, Hannan, Redden, Regehr, Boyle, Stevens.
I wouldn’t want Boyle on the team at all, not even consider him. Souray, and Aucoin won the hardest shot comp, which may help them, McCabe….lol…. MacInnis needs a good come back. Pronger, Blake, and Neidermayer are all a given I think. Desjardins is only any good when he’s full health, and that won’t happen any time soon. Stevens is too old, and has a similar scenario to Desjardins.
Leafy: Blake, Pronger, Neidermayer, Redden, Jovanovski, Foote, Aucoin.
Gretzky: Pronger, Blake, Neidermayer, Jovanovski, Brewer, Foote, Redden.
Forwards: Heatley, Savard, Thortnon, Murray, Briere, Iginla, O’neill, Sakic, Kariya, Tanguay, Daze, Fleury, Morrow, Arnott, Yzerman, Shanahan, Draper, Maltby, Smyth, Allison, Carter, Lindros, Messier, Peca, Doan, Primeau, Gagne, Lemieux, Recchi, Marleau, McCauly, Lecavalier, St Louis, Richards, Nieuwendyk, Roberts, Tucker, Nolan, Morrison, Bertuzzi, Crosby, Nash.
I included a couple guys people will disagree with, but I feel some guys deserve a good look. Roberts scored more goals in fewer games then Shane Doan last year, but Gary is old, hurt, and can’t take the extra games. Expect Lemieux to be captain again, alot of ussuals making it. Nieuwy and Nolan would need to get close to 15 goals in the 20-25 games before the team has to be announced for them to get much of any consideration, it was a bit of Leaf bias there. Tucker is a hell of a player, but he’s ussually ignored.
Leafy: Lemieux, Tanguay, Sakic, Iginla, Thornton, Bertuzzi, Lecavalier, Heatley, Nash, Primeau, Murray, Roberts, Smyth.
Gretzky: Lemieux, Yzerman, Sakic, Thornton, Heatley, St Louis, Richards, Doan, Draper, Smyth, Iginla, Lecavalier, Gagne, Nash.
As you can see, it will take a bit more to sell me on St Louis, he’d definatley be there if one of the guys I picked got hurt.
Replacements on probable injury
Leafy: St Louis replace Lemieux, Shanahan replace Roberts, Bouwmeester replace Pronger, Brewer replace Blake.
Gretzky: Marleau replace Lemieux, Primeau replace Yzerman, Bouwmeester replace Pronger, Brewer replace Blake, Theodore replace Belfour.
Personally, I think Gretzky is the only one who’s made ANY sense when talking about picking teams, some guys considered for the World Cup I rolled my eyes about, and Gretzky didn’t pick them. Gretz needs to stop looking over guys like Tanguay, he’ll be an international star some day….