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07-23-2012, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by 86Habs View Post
I agree re: Helm. He's a good player, but not good enough for the Canadian Olympic team - full stop. Like Dan Cleary in 2009, Helm will probably get invited to the summer orientation camp in 2013 based on Babcock's knowledge of the way he plays, but that should be it.

The beauty of the Richard-Toews-Nash line in 2010 was that, while they were tasked with shutting down the oppositions' top forward lines, they also presented a pretty lethal scoring threat and were a physical force. So we could play them upwards of 18-20 minutes a night because we weren't losing anything by having them on the ice so much. Toews was our leading scorer. So we need a balanced defensive presence up front, which is why guys like Richards and Bergeron need to be there - they're 70 point NHL forwards and bring a Selke-caliber defensive game.

We kind of blew it with Bergeron as our 13th forward in 2010, he didn't add much obviously but was probably hurt during the tournament and wasn't 100%. Patrick Sharp would be my pick as the 13th forward - he: 1) can play on any one of the four forward lines, in either an offensive or shutdown role; 2) can play any forward position; 3) can kill penalties effectively; 4) can play the PP, and can play point on the PP; 5) has chemistry with Toews, an absolute lock for the team; and 6) represented Canada in the past when given the opportunity. Essentially if anybody gets hurt he can slot in, plus play a regular shift in the meantime.
I agree completely. The days of bringing specialists are over. I want guys who can do it all and the Toews-Richards-Nash line is the perfect example.

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