2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part III)
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09-19-2012, 10:47 AM
Join Date: May 2009
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I have the same forwards, but Jamie Benn and Bergeron do not belong on the list. Bergeron was terrible in Vancouver. His minutes got slashed from the start of the tournament to the end. He was terrible in the faceoffs, looked slow, and contributed nothing. He had Crosby taken off his line and was the 13th forward by the end of the tournament. I rather have Seguin on the big ice than Bergeron. Next instead of Benn, I would put a guy like Taylor Hall or Skinner on the team. Skinner was impressive in this year's WHC. He looked great on the big ice and played much better than Jamie Benn who did not impress me that much. I frankly think there are others that are ahead of Benn right now. No disrespect to Benn.
With respect to your comments about Bergeron, its widely known that he injured his groin (I believe) in the first game of the tournament and his play suffered as a result. I'd agree that he was pretty bad in Vancouver, but that was over two years ago and since then he's continued to develop into a better 2-way player and was IMO the best forward in Boston's Cup victory last year. So, he was certainly a reach by Hockey Canada in 2010, but should be firmly established as Canada's best defensive center by 2014, with his 70-pt or so production helping his case.
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