You can't blame the selection committee. This IS probably the best they could have brought in, except McKinnon. He's playing in the under-17 tourney, isn't he not? The kid would have been better than some slugs out there for sure; he DOMINATED Grigorenko the last time they met.
This canadian team lacks that star power it used to have with the likes of Crosby, Tavares, Hall, etc. And it lacks the dominating defensive corps it used to have.
And the goalies suck. Man, if that's the best Canada can do in nets, this country is going backwards and the Euros have the best coming up. This russian kid at 17 is pretty solid.
This slump was expected this year. I never got excited about this team. Not the same talent pool. With the 18 year olds that made the NHL, it cut a lot of talent out of this squad. Next year will be better, I believe. Because McKinnon will be dominant, and others too. I believe Yakupov will be playing as a regular in the NHL next season. He won't be there. Unless he decides to go to the KHL, like many of his Komrades.