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02-13-2013, 09:08 AM
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Originally Posted by JackSlater View Post
Tavares Crosby Neal
E. Staal Stamkos St. Louis
Nash Toews Sharp
Benn Bergeron Giroux
Eberle Seguin

Weber Pietrangelo
Keith Doughty
M. Staal Letang
Hamhuis Del Zotto

I really like that team, well done. I like the idea of Neal, the gritty goal scorer, on the 1st line with Crosby, with my only concerns with Neal being his lack of big-game experience and sometimes undisciplined play (see last year's playoff round vs. Philly, though that was a complete gong-show). With Eberle and Seguin on the roster either of them could easily rotate in with Sid if Neal doesn't work out or to give that line a different look, and you don't lose much aside from some physicality.

I's still like to find a spot for Taylor Hall on this team - his speed on the wing, chemistry with Eberle, and ability to pressure the defense on the rush would be very well-suited to this team and the international ice, IMO. Maybe the one change I'd have on my forward group is to switch Hall for Sharp (see my comments above re: Sharp).

On defense, I'd switch up Seabrook for Del Zotto. I like MDZ, but simply put I don't think he's ready for this level of play yet. My personal instinct is to go with the "safe" pick, Seabrook, a guy who's battle-tested, great defensively, has chemistry with Keith, and willing to take a backseat on Team Canada. Chicago's gearing up for a deep playoff run this year, I think, so Seabrook can really nail-down a roster spot with another strong showing this year. You also don't lose too much offensively with Seabrook, either, he gets the job done back there.

With MDZ, obviously you have him as a depth defenceman, but I'm just not sure if he's ready yet. I'd probably take Girardi and Campbell ahead of him, honestly. But I'm pretty conservative in my view on defencemen...

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