Matt Carle Olympic Snub
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01-04-2010, 04:59 PM
Join Date: Jan 2004
The most confusing thing to me about Orpik, and especially Komo, being selected ahead of Carle is that the games are on international rinks. Orpik and Komo specialize in play in their own end, being nasty on the boards, nasty in front of the net, etc.
That kind of style is great for the NHL and especially NHL playoffs, it's not so great for international play where board battles aren't as much as a factor and the ability to move the puck and be comfortable with the puck in your own end is much more important.
That's something that Yzerman gets, Team Canada has a wealth of nasty d-men to choose from, but the only one making the trip is Pronger and that's because he's a 2-way guy who also has great defensive positioning and is a good leader.
Burke apparently doesn't see that, I take Suter, Rafalski, EJ, and Martin over Carle obviously, but considering that JMFJ can't play defense and Komo and Orpik are both strongly North American style players, the omission of Carle is pretty confusing.
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