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11-29-2010, 11:47 PM
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Originally Posted by Watsatheo View Post
I could be wrong but isn't Michael Bournival supposed to be a speed demon that is pretty good defensively? I read people were impressed with his speed during the Q vs Russia challenge (can't comment as I never saw the games). I agree that Gallagher won't and probably shouldn't make the team but Bournival can be valuable as a PK/defensively responsible speedster for the bottom 6.
Bournival is undoubtedly a fine prospect who will, one day, play effectively in the NHL. The fact that he was even selected for Team Canada's try out camp provides confirmation of his skill levels and, hopefully, for Montreal's sake, his overall potential. But we're talking about a tournament that starts within 4 weeks and from this writer's perspective Bournival does not yet possess the skating skills to compete with Kreider, Morin, Etem, Zucker, Watson, Shore, etc. who, playing before their home fans, will be attacking us at 100 mph. The mantra of the Team Canada selectors must be: Don't get caught slow. Don't get caught slow. Deviate from this simple premise, and Canada may well be embarrassed. Canada has the players to compete with the pace that the U.S. team will try to impose. We just have to be smart enough to choose them.

That is all.

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