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08-28-2012, 06:23 PM
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Tom Terrific
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Canada

Locks:
- Price (starter if he's playing to his potential)

Bubble:
- Subban (anywhere from a top-4 guy to an alternate if he's at his best)

Longshot:
- Gorges (could make it as "the" stay-home/shut-down dman, like Regher was a few years back, IF he continues to improve)

- Desharnais (no chance at all unless he has a "st-louis" style break-out btw now and then, becoming a dominant PPG offensive player with the versatility to play any forward spot)


USA

Locks:
- MaxPac (barring injury or serious regression, he'll push for a top-line role with team USA, versatile enough to play anywhere in their top-12)

Bubble:
- Cole (needs to put together another 30goal season and stay healthy, but if he does I'd put him as a lock to be one of their top-12 forwards)

Longshot:
- Gionta (would need to bounce back with a huge season to get a look, veteran leadership qualitites could earn him that role with a USA squad that is heavy on young talent but a bit thin in "veteran" forward talent)
- Galchenyuk (if he is the "real deal", and gets an NHL spot for 2013, he could force his way into the US lineup, though I won't hold my breath)


Euro Teams

Locks:
- Markov, Russia. (if he's healthy, he'll be a top-pairing dman for Russia)
- Emelin, Russia (some might disagree, but if he continues to progress, or even maintain his late-season level, he's a lock imo for Russia's top-7)

- Plekanec, Czech (injury only way he's not on their squad)
- Kaberle, Czech (even if he continues to decline, he's top-7 for Czechs almost for sure)

- Eller, Denmark (injury the only exception)

- Diaz, Swiss (see above)
- Weber, Swiss (see above)


Bubble:
None


Longshot:
- Budaj, Slovakia (not likely to get enough action to make a case, but Slovaks are thin enough at G that he might just find himself getting the invite as a #3)

- Naatinen, Finland (another highly unlikely, but if he either forces his way into the habs lineup, or heads back to FInland in 2013 and has a great start to the season, he has the size/versatility to at least get consideration for the Finns who aren't particularly deep upfront)


I could probably come up with 2...possibly 3 squads of Canadian forwards before having Desharnais on team Canada discussion! Stop claiming Desharnais as even a long shot...he's a NO shot!
Gomez has more of a chance to make team USA....this is not a knock on Desharnais, its a reflection of the insane depth of canadian forwards....St. Louis was a (top 6) forward on Team Canada after an insane few seasons winning NHL's top awards. Desharnais has not achieved anything even close to St.Louis nor will he in the next 2 years without playing alongside a Lecavalier in his prime. St.Louis was a sure shot as a top 6 in 2010, Desharnais would not be able to achieve This, nor would he be useful on the bottom 6 forwards...So stop being a "Habs hopeful" and be realistic! you insult the Stamkos, Crosby, Nash, EStaal, Perry, Hall, Tavares, Eberle, Heatley, Seguin, etc etc etc etc...

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