This is interesting for Canada because there's a few really good players right now who might get edged out by younger guys, depending on how they develop.
Almost impossible to predict though. Maybe the production of Nash, Staal, or Richards goes through the floor. There'll maybe be a player who's middling now who will be a late-blooming All-Star in 2014. Maybe Iginla makes the cut as the old/experienced/captain guy. Maybe some of these highly touted young guys aren't as good as we thought they would be. Who knows?
I'm not sure how good Heatley and Thornton will be 4 years from now same with Luongo. I didn't realize I chose so many centers but the most talented players play that position. I doubt you could name a winger that is almost a lock for a roster spot, centers are the deepest and most talented. As for Keith I feel it is a one time thing for him. About Cody Hodgson people would have laughed at Bergeron 4 years ago but where is he now, on the olympic squad likely on the first line riding shotgun with Crosby. They are similar types of players and I think Cody coukd be slightly better than Bergeron.
uh, 4 years ago Bergeron was in the middle of a 31 goal 73 point season.
To put it in perspective a bit, Jonathan Toews and Drew Doughty are the only guys on team Canada that weren't playing in the NHL before the 2006 Olympics. Toews, J Staal, Lucic, Doughty and M Staal are the only players invited to the orientation camp that weren't playing in the NHL before the 2006 Olympics.
Not saying Hodgson has no chance, but there are a number of players outside of the NHL right now that I would say have a much better chance of making team Canada in 2014. Guys like Hall and Seguin, maybe 2011s like Nugent-Hopkins or Couturier.