2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part III)
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01-29-2013, 02:12 PM
Join Date: May 2009
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Marleau was always on the bubble for me with a shot of getting selected. If he keeps it up for the remainder of this year and start of the next, i have no problem with him being on the team as a 13th forward/4th line player. Absolute no to Joe Thornton especially on the big ice. He did not overly impress in Vancouver and looked slow as heck on the big ice in 2006.
Realistically though, he's going to slow down over the course of this season and will probably end up with ~30 goals, putting him at slightly-above a 50-goal pace over an entire, full season. His previous career high is 44, and he's not getting any younger. I wouldn't put any money on him getting back on a 40+ goal pace to start the 2013-2014 season, either.
So, assuming that this current year is an anomaly, and knowing what we know about Patrick Marleau - 35-goal player in an average year, strong defensively, great speed, good size, versatile, great special teams player, good-to-very good performer for us in 2010 - does he make the team? I personally wouldn't have any heartburn over him being there, especially if youngsters like Hall don't pan out or get injured, or if someone like Mike Richards sees his play erode, but I certainly wouldn't say he's a good bet to make it.
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