Roster Talk '13 — Canada 3.0
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12-13-2012, 09:17 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Subban is an absolute lock despite his performance so far. Paterson has been the best goalie in camp and is the only goalie eligible to return next year so I think we can pencil him in as well. With the rule change that allows you to take three goalies I think it would be a no brainer to always take an underager that can get experience for the following year either as a starter or backup (no need to worry about the NHL taking goalies). So with Subban and Paterson all but guaranteed to be on the team the other spot will come down to Brossoit vs. Binnington. Brossoit was money last year in the playoffs and was there in the Summer Series but Binnington has had the far better season. Based on the fact that Spott singled out Brossoit after both games so far in camp I think he might have a slight edge. Realistically though this teams hopes are going to ride with Malcolm Subban.
The top four are pretty much locked in with Hamilton, Rielly, Ouellet and Harrington. I think Reinhart has played very well in camp and was a frontrunner from the start - I think it's more likely he sits out today then gets cut as he's pretty much a lock now as well. That leaves two spots for five players. HF places way too much emphasis on the selection camp but I really think Dumba and Corrado did complete 180's this week when it comes to their chances on the team. Dumba is one of the few righty shots, has a ton of International experience and was Spott's captain last year at the U18s. I know I had him pencilled in with Reinhart on the third pairing a few days ago. But he hasn't had an impressive year and has been the worst player on the ice in selection camp. I think he's played his way off the team to be honest but still wouldn't surprise me to see him make the cut. Say what you want about Murphy but I would be surprised to see him cut. Spott has that familiarity with him from Kitchener and he can run a powerplay very well which is what you want from the 7th defensemen. The right-handed shot certainly helps his cause as well. I think Corrado's play at the selection camp and at the Subway Series may have won him a spot just like it won Marcus Foligno, another Sudbury Wolf, a spot two years ago. He's steady and a right-handed shot. I think Reinhart and Corrado could be a very serviceable, safe and steady third pairing. With all the risky guys back there and no Ryan Murray I think Corrado should make this team. Rielly, Hamilton, Ouellet and Murphy are tremendous offensively but at times will leave something to be desired on the defensive side of the puck. I don't think Canada needs to take Dumba to add to that list. This leaves Sproul, Wotherspoon and Dumba as the cuts. Sproul has not impressed me whatsoever in this camp so far even though I seem to be in the minority. He's been exposed defensively and hasn't produced offense and I feel like it's between him and Murphy for the 7D PP specialist. Sproul would have had to have a great camp to win the spot over Spott's man and he certainly hasn't done that. I think Dumba being cut is pretty self-explanatory but it still wouldn't surprise me if he made it - guy will need a big game today to justify it though. 4 of the 5 locks on the blueline has left-handed shots and I feel like you need to balance it out a little which means no Wotherspoon. He hasn't stood out in camp and I feel like he's another guy that needed a big camp a la Corrado to make it.
Spott had 8 forwards sitting out yesterday and I'm not a Mackinnon or a Q supporter but I think he's played his way into that group as well. That leaves 4 spots left up front. I like Ritchie and Hudon's versatility to play top six or bottom six. I don't want 3 scoring lines but I don't want 2 full meathead lines either so I think Hudon and Ritchie could make the third line well rounded. There's no way that three draft-eligible forwards make this team so I think you need to pick at most 2 out of Drouin/Mackinnon/Shinkaruk. I like McNeill's game a lot at this camp and he's had a good year and was probably a favourite coming in to the week so I'm pretty confident about him being on this team. Wilson I liked coming into the week as well but I think his undisciplined play has really hurt him while Camara has been impressive. I like a guy like Drouin for the 13th forward. This is my first time seeing him and he reminds me of a faster version of Sam Gagner at this tournament. You can tell he has a ton of skill but he's victimized by occasionally trying to do too much so Spott can shelter him as the 13th forward. I'm a little surprised Catenacci made it through the first cut yesterday as he stood out for the wrong reasons yesterday. Lipon is a little bit redundant on this team and hasn't produced offensively enough to warrant a spot for a guy that's top six or bust. I think Rattie had a very good chance coming into the week and he wasn't too bad yesterday either. His very good summer series I think gets him a spot but he'll need a big game today to really secure that spot. I do like players like Tom Wilson but he hasn't looked very smooth with the puck and is perhaps too one-dimensional for this tournament as an 18-year-old. Reminds me a bit of Colton Gillies in this tournament though and he made it and contributed so you never know - I feel like he was a frontrunner coming into the week and was great in the summer.
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