2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part III)
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07-31-2012, 03:45 PM
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Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Toronto, ON
Steven Stamkos - Sidney Crosby
- Corey Perry
Taylor Hall - Claude Giroux - Jordan Eberle
James Neal - John Tavares - Jarome Iginla
Mike Richards - Jonathon Toews - Patrice Bergeron
x: Jordan Staal (PK'er - a la Bergeron 2010)
In contention: Rick Nash, Ryan Getzlaf, Eric Staal, Jason Spezza, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Tyler Seguin
Shea Weber - Alex Pietrangelo
- Drew Doughty
Kris Letang - Brent Seabrook
x: Dan Hamhuis
In contention: P.K. Subban, Marc Staal, Karl Alzner
Stamkos - Crosby - Perry
A very straightforward line. All top-line players. Stamkos is the sniper, the huge one-timer, the shot, the speed everything. Perry is the power, he creates space, he hits hard, he intimidates. And obviously Crosby, the playmaker.
Hall - Giroux - Eberle
Hall and Eberle are both wildcards but Eberle has international pedigree and should be in his prime by the time 2014 rolls around as should Hall. Keep them together for the chemistry and put one of the best centers in the game in between then. Giroux is a feisty player that will piss off the opposition and Hall crashes and hits every single thing that moves. This is a youth line as well as they will all be hungry to prove something.
Line III A:
Neal - Tavares - Iginla
Yes - yes. I included Iginla. But as Niedermeyer was in 2010, Iginla will be the same age and he will bring the veteran presence needed for Team Canada as the captain of the team. Neal has that wicked shot and has been improving every year and should be ready by 2014. Tavares is the same case, probably one of the smartest players in the game should shine next to a hall of famer and another young gun ready to prove himself.
Line III B:
Richards - Toews - Bergeron
As you can see, I don't differentiate this as the fourth line because it's not. Just look at it. This was the shutdown line of 2010 (excluding Nash, including Bergeron) and why not reunite them. The best two way line on the team and still incredible offensively. This line will make the oppositions life a living hell with hard hitting and two-way play.
Defensive Pairing I:
Weber - Pietrangelo
Towers of power right here. Weber is arguably one of the best defenseman in the league and putting him next to a kid who will be in his prime by 2014 will be dangerous. Both possess huge shots and both are at the top of their game defensively. This combo would bring the perfect amount of offense and defense plus will be deadly on the PP.
Defensive Pairing II:
Keith - Doughty
Smooth-skating, offensively minded pairing. Will take risks and will take chances but will drive the opposition crazy because they can play such a 200 foot game. Keith will bring the veteran leadership to the pairing and be a great compliment to the young Doughty.
Defensive Pairing III:
Letang - Seabrook
A nice combination of the above two pairings. Both are offensively gifted and while Letang will be the offensive mind of the two - Seabrook can easily play a stay-at-home game.
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