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01-26-2004, 09:15 PM
Join Date: May 2002
Location: Saskatoon, Sask.
If I'm not mistaken, I believe the World Cup rosters are to consist of 23 skaters and 3 goalies. As well, 3 players on each team have to be under 22.
So that makes 5 lines and 4 sets of D. My picks:
Kariya Sakic Iginla
Nash Thornton Bertuzzi
Doan Allison/Mario Heatley
Tanguay Lecavalier St. Louis
Gagne Spezza Recchi
That makes Nash, Spezza and Bouwmeester our under 22's.
Marleau could give Vinny a run for a centre spot, but I don't think Madden will make it as the statement that Gretz and Hockey Canada at the Olympics was pretty clear: they want to send the most skilled guys available and will not take defensive or role players.
Also Ryan Smyth, Shanny and Glen Murray could challenge for spots to replace Recchi or Gagne.
On D, I think Brewer has played himself out of a spot this year, as any Oil fan wll tell you he's been brutal. Aucoin might challenge for a spot as well.
I think the tenders are a lock with the only question being who gets to back up Brodeur. (I hope it's Theo)
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