2014 - Canada Roster Discussion (Part IV)
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02-13-2013, 09:43 AM
Join Date: Apr 2010
Tavares Crosby Neal
E. Staal Stamkos St. Louis
Nash Toews Sharp
Benn Bergeron Giroux
M. Staal Letang
Hamhuis Del Zotto
New forward group for me. Neal is on the first line not because he is the best available player or because he may supposedly have chemistry with Crosby, but because he knows how to play off great players. Tavares and Crosby I think would be a deadly combination with hockey sense through the roof, Crosby providing the speed and Tavares having proven himself multiple times on big ice.
Second line brings the tried and true Tampa Bay combo of St. Louis and Stamkos, which should guarantee instant offence. Eric Staal is brought in to provide a little bit of everything. He's looked quite good playing with some actual talent on his line in Carolina, and he played LW in 2010.
Third line has Toews as the obvious anchor, and Nash is paired with him once again due to his versatility and international experience. Sharp should have some chemistry with Toews, is quite versatile himself and is a quality skater. Each player on this line could be counted on for the PK.
Fourth line is anchored by Bergeron, the ideal fourth line centre. Benn is another versatile player with good size, defensive awareness and offensive skill. Giroux has seemingly been demoted, but really I find it difficult to find spots for both he and St. Louis in the top two lines. Giroux brings speed and playmaking to this line. While being quite defensively competent, this line is not a traditional hockey fourth line as it should be quite deadly on offence.
I picked Eberle and Seguin for the last two spots. I think these spots are ideal for younger players who won't gripe about lack of playtime. Eberle has done enough internationally, and in the NHL, to get a spot. Seguin looked very good in Switzerland, is decent defensively and can at the very least play with Bergeron quite effectively. His speed is also a nice asset. Taylor Hall could also easily fit into this kind of role, as could Jeff Skinner or any other number of players.
The defence is pretty self-explanatory. For the last two spots, Hamhuis is brought in as a defensive specialist while Del Zotto is a young guy who should be content with little playing time and can also be an offensive spark if there is an injury.
Goaltenders are basically the two best at the time, plus Fleury who has been the third goaltender before and seems to have the right mentality for that role. I will make it clear that I do not want Fleury ever touching the ice during a game.
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