The MLD 2012 Thread II
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08-08-2012, 10:54 PM
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1. That was a controversial selection for Team Canada. I was working at a mall in Winnipeg that holiday season when the team was announced and there were a lot of WTF? on the street, in the bar that night, and in the media in the following days.
2. Fingers were pointed at the decision to include Zamuner and a couple of others after Canada lost in the Olympics (of course there was at least one other place fingers were pointing too: see the Crawford pick).
Zamuner is a fourth liner on any all-time team, whether it be MLD or AAA. I think even Team Canada benefits from having its 12th forward being a penalty killer and a safe, responsible choice to throw over the boards on defensive zone face-offs, especially when leading. At 8-10 minutes per game, his assets are excellent. It's a decent pick imo at this point, though I had deferred him to the AAA in my considerations.
He's a defensive specialist, as you describe, and while the pick is controversial he's part of team-building. Which Canada has a history of doing. Not making an all-star, fantasy team, but they try to have a "team" - 35 year old Kris Draper made the team in 2006 also...
Having Zamuner on Team Canada didn't hurt them (he even scored a goal
). Controversial or not, he's a great team guy, a big, physical, defensive specialist, penalty killer, hard worker and multi-positional. Great fit anywhere at any time - as you note.
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