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11-17-2012, 02:36 AM
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What I think will happen (with some explanation/commentary) based on Hockey Canada's tendencies. I'd personally love to see Adam Lowry, Drouin, Ryan Pulock but alas my dreams are slain by common sense.

Given that Canada has such depth in D prospects and a weak group of 94 forwards, I think it makes sense to go with 12F/8D. If Hockey Canada wants to give multiple draft-eligible forwards (Drouin/Shinkaruk/Domi/Lazar) a shot in selection camp then cool, but I think they should roll 8 deep on D.

Ryan Nugent-Hopkins - with a year of NHL experience, should be put with MacKinnon la Bergeron/Crosby in 2005.
Huberdeau - returning..
Ryan Strome - returning..
Mark Scheifele - returning..
Boone Jenner - the real forward locks end here. People saying any other forward is a lock are homers/trolls/idiots.
Ty Rattie - scores a ton, Good-Alberta-Boy should have made it last year on home-ice, should be top 6 winger.
Nathan MacKinnon - probs #1 pick, huge hype, should be 1st/2nd line winger rather than 13th forward.
Phillip Danault - great all around game. Possibly best defensive forwward on team.
Mark McNeill - don't know why he's not getting more mentions. 200 PTS in 230 CHL games (usually on crap PA Raider teams) so he can score, also terrific defensive game, was a top 20 pick, brings beef to small-ish team, was invited to camp last year.
Phil Di Giuseppe - I'd rather see Charlie Hudon, but they usually take a college guy, so congrats Phil.
Tom Wilson - not really a fan, doesn't score enough to justify 16th overall pick, but seems like an ideal 4th liner.
Sean Monahan - for me, edges out Shinkaruk because of size and better defensive game.

lines something like:
Huberdeau - Nuge - MacKinnon
Strome - Scheifele - Rattie
Di Giuseppe - Jenner - McNeill
Danault - Monahan - Wilson

Dougie Hamilton - best D-Man outside NHL?? Playing in OHL is unfair.
Ryan Murray - returning.
Scott Harrington - returning.
Ryan Murphy - token "Player-from-coach's-team"
Morgan Rielly - only flaw is bizarre spelling of last name.
Xavier Ouellet - logs big minutes, moves puck, solid defense.
Griffin Reinhart - Hockey Canada gets off on tall blueliners (see: Oleksiak, Jamieson)
Mathew Dumba - I think Dumba has captained Canada twice at U18 level, scores lots of goals, throws huge hits. Can't believe I'm leaving Ceci off with eight defensemen.

Pair em however you like. Didn't Rielly & Reinhart play together as kiddies, that would be a cute pair.

Malcolm Subban - everyone's presumed starter.

As we saw last year, as far as goalies go, if you get invited to camp, its often whoever does best there who makes the team. So its really a toss-up between Brossoit/Binnington/whoever else you like.
But for everyone pushing Fucale, remember that no draft-eligible goalie has made the team since Marc-Andre Fleury in '03. Carey Price (5th overall in 2005) didn't make WJC year before his draft. So I guess my point is Fucale would have to be damn impressive to make it.

Sorry for posting a novel.

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