THE TEAM....

Jason Gregor
January 07 2014 10:34AM

Canada finally announced their 2014 roster for the Sochi Olympics, and without a doubt the biggest surprise is Claude Giroux not making the team.

There are eleven returning players on the 25-man roster, but in my eyes Rick Nash continues to be the most overrated player in the NHL. Nash has had one 70-point season, and since the 2010 Olympics he has scored 185 points in 228 games, 25th most amongst Canadian-born players. In that same time span Marty St.Louis has scored the most points, 271, while Giroux is third with 255.

Nash has only two goals in 16 NHL playoff games, but Hockey Canada seems to put more onus on the fact he has played well at the water-downed World Championships.

Nash did play okay at the last Olympics, but how much of that was because he was on Toews line, and Toews was the best player in the tournament.

Nash has 18 points in 27 games this year. No one can say he is playing well, or close to the level of Claude Giroux, but Hockey Canada choose him because he's played for them before. I guess Giroux should not play crappier in the NHL so his team could miss the playoffs and he can pad his stats at the World Championships.

Here is the roster, returning players have **.

Goalies:

  • Roberto Luongo**
  • Carey Price
  • Mike Smith

Defence:

  • Jay Bouwmeester
  • Drew Doughty**
  • Dan Hamuis
  • Duncan Keith**
  • Alex Pietrangelo
  • PK Subban
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic
  • Shea Weber**

Forwards:

  • Jamie Benn
  • Patrice Bergeron**
  • Jeff Carter
  • Sidney Crosby**
  • Matt Duchene
  • Ryan Getzlaf**
  • Chris Kunitz
  • Patrick Marleau**
  • Rick Nash**
  • Corey Perry**
  • Patrick Sharp
  • Steven Stamkos
  • John Tavares
  • Jonathan Toews**

I still believe Canada is the favourite, because of the blueline and their top-six forwards; Crosby, Tavares, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Perry and Toews.

It will be an awesome tournament and I can't wait to watch, but picking Nash over Giroux makes little sense. Essentially they are basing it on seven good games that happened four years ago. Horrible decision.

Which decision surpised you?

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#51 Bean-counting cowboy
January 07 2014, 03:14PM
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@Cam Thornton

That's true. I suppose it would have given them a different option to mix things up if they weren't working. If Stamkos isn't meshing with Crosby & Kunitz, put him on a line with St. Louis.

Or maybe put them out on the power play together as a 2nd unit. I Just really don't like Nash on this team.

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#52 Purple Hazze
January 07 2014, 03:15PM
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@G_R_R

After their top 4 fwds the Russian team looks horrible. They have an aging Markov on D followed by no one, and their bottom 6 is filled with KHL players who could never crack the NHL.

Sweden is definitely the team to beat, they're just too good on the bigger ice.

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#53 Chad
January 07 2014, 03:40PM
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Patrick Marleau, Rick Nash and Jeff Carter are the surprises to me. Looks like they went for a size/speed combination for the last few spots as Carter and Nash at 6'4 are just bigger than Richards, Giroux and St. Louis.

I do like taking team mates instead of just an All Star Team hope we do better this time on international ice than we did in Turin.

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#54 Johnny Be Gaudreau
January 07 2014, 05:24PM
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SmellOfVictory wrote:

Honestly, I think Hall should've made the team. I think he's better than Marleau, and Kunitz is only there because Crosby is. He might not be a defensive stalwart, but he's Olympic calibre.

Are you trolling?

Seriously, Marleau plays the toughest competition out of anyone on Canada and I bet out of almost anyone in the NHL. He also has one of the lower OZONE starts even lower than Bergeron against tougher competition than Bergeron and he scores more points than Bergeron. That's a huge tell of what Marleau brings to this team. He deserves to be there probably more than a lot of the selections (Cough Nash Cough). To have an inexperienced, reckless player like Hall on that team no thanks.

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#55 piscera.infada
January 08 2014, 08:25AM
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@SK

You write that as if Hockey Canada owes the Canucks something, which they clearly don't. Burrows would never make that team, don't fool yourself. I actually like the Hamhuis pick as he's a great skater and has some (albeit minimal) experience playing with Weber.

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#56 ianberg1
January 08 2014, 12:04PM
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There's still a chance Giordano will go to Sochi. He's an unofficial reserve in case one of the blue liners is injured in the meantime, according to the Sportsnet 960 morning crew.

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#57 Joel
January 08 2014, 01:39PM
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insvenwetrust wrote:

if i remember iggy djid good last olympics he must have declined too much in skill too bad i thought he and crosby were the heroes of the gold medal game.

He did play well in 2010

Not so well in 2006

And he was the hero of the 2002 team in salt lake (along with Sakic as his centre)

But he is almost 40 now.

Aging power forwards in their farewell tour year don't usually do well in short tournament on big ice.

They already have plenty of leadership, and that is all he could really bring to Team Canada at this stage of his career.

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#58 Baalzamon
January 08 2014, 03:00PM
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@Joel

"And he was the hero of the 2002 team in salt lake (along with Sakic as his centre)"

That line was a beast. I think they had like Lemieux on the other wing. Insanity.

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