Just Curious, What Kind Of Impact Sidney Crosby Will Have On The Canadian Team At The Upcoming World Juniors?
Last Year He Played A Small Role Where He Was Getting Some Experience As A 16 Year Old But Was Not Relied On In Key Situtions. I Believe The Team Will Be Very Similar To Last Year's , Possibly With A Few Returning Players Maybe Not Not Making The Squad. My Question Is How Much Will They Depend On Him And Will The Team Build Their Offense Around Him .
While Canada will always roll out more than one "scoring line", I believe Crosby is pretty much guaranteed to play a much more prominent roll on the team this year and expect him to be a key part of one of the top lines.
Last year, he'd only played a couple of months of junior hockey and it wasn't clear whether he really was as dominant as he appeared to be. He was also one of the youngest players to ever play on the team, and Canada's coaches always lean towards junior hockey veterans. With a CHL Player of the Year under his belt, it's pretty clear Crosby is the real deal and will know what to expect of the WJC this year.
I would think they would move Horton to the wing, or even play Crosby on the wing with Horton. I can see him play with some 'vets.' I think he's pretty much guaranteed to play with one of Horton or Bergeron. Or even both.
As for leaders captains wise, I really have no idea who will wear the C and As this year. Horton? Seabrook? Richards? At least they have alot to choose from, but since it doesn't look like Burns will make the team, there are no returning captians (which is usual I guess).