The WHC for Canada is not only about winning Gold, but also about evaluating some players for the 2014 games if the NHL does go.
Obviously, there are guys who were in Vancouver, but the 2014 games are on International Ice, so this is a very good opportunity for some players to showcase what they can do on the bigger ice surface or to show that they can play equally well on big ice.
Hockey Canada brass is going to be interested in seeing Eberle, Kane, Tavares, Skinner, not to mention Benn, O'Reilly, etc.
From the teams eliminated, I'm surprised to not see Eric Staal's name. I remember at last year's All-Star game he has a young son, but I think his kid is like 2 or 3, so he could easily take his wife and kid over with him. Eric was in 2010, but he was moved to wing and didn't have much chemisty with Sid and Iggy. For 2014, would be he a guy whom Canada would move to the wing again or leave at Center.
Iggy is 35, so I wouldn't expect Canada to ask him to go.
Nash, no reason for him not to go. He's got a long term contract.
There's still Heatley, Roy, Lupul, Hodgson as well.
If the Pens fall in round 1, I would not expect Sid to go. I think it's safe to say, he's never going to play in the World Championships again.
Definitely agree. It'll be interesting who can step it up the most when it counts in this tourney from all those young players you've mentioned because there will be 1 or 2 spots available for them. I was hoping Staalzy would go but I mean when forming a team for 2014 I still can't see anyone overtaking his spot. At 6'4 with his skating ability, reach and finish around the net, and having extra ice to move around with he'd be tough to leave off. Nash might be traded so I understand if he doesn't want to risk injury, and he's done his fair bit for the country over the years coming year after year. I don't think Heatley is in the plans anymore for 2014 but if others decline I hope he's added because he's always been one of the better players. I'm definitely disappointed Taylor Hall got injured, because I really wanted to see what he can do on the large ice surface. He's probably one of the fastest if not fastest Canadian player in the league and with another year and half before 2014 I feel he'll come into his own and probably end up close to 80 points next year. He's one of those gamebreakers that you can just unleash. Come to think of it, I think other then the Nuge the past 3 1st overall picks should be on the team. Stammer, Tavares, Hall & along with 2nd overall Seguin. I'm just worried about the D, Phaneuf and Jay Bo will have to perform at this stage because of the lack of elite left handed defensemen at the moment. All the elite players are right handed it seems and this might be the one issue come 2014.
Del Zotto (21)
i dont understand that kind of management...
At the end of the first roudn half those guys will still be in the playoffs. Half (if not more) will be hurt or decline. The remainder may be there. We also get a 23 man roster, so you can have up to 15 forwards
them here are not:
btw. was the stamkos addition confirmed?
Guys like Crosby, Luongo, Letang and Toews would refuse anyway(injury issues & role for Olympics). Neal just rides Malkin & Crosby(Hello Kevin Stevens!), I don't see him that high in the hierarchy or if at all. (Maybe part of Team B) Weber will be UFA...decline. I'm interested in Seguin, Giroux, Spezza.
E.Kane, Ladd, Skinner are pretty much heavyweights. Evander is so fast on the big ice, Ladd is one of the best defensive forwards in the game and Skinner certainly in the group of young guns that are perfect for WC.
Cam Ward in goal is pretty much in the Canadian top 3 at this point. I think I would get Elliot to back him up. Luongo won't go again to the WC since hes probably already selected for the Olympics. Carey Price is the other option, but he needs to recover from concussion and ankle surgery.
A few reasons Team Canada tries to build their core roster right as the regular season ends:
Players that are eliminated from the playoffs are less likely to accept an invitation (disappointment, fatigue, etc...)
Most NHL players will play through the playoffs injured, but not risk further injury at the WHC
The players who just finished their season want to know if they have been selected or not so they can maintain their top conditioning level.
One can come up with a "dream list," but management knows from past years that a bird in hand is better than two in the bush.
It's also viewed as an also ran tourney............you didn't make the playoffs or bowed out early.........come play in this tourney.
There won't be any parades or national explosion like Finland if Canada wins. The focus will still be on Stanley Cup. Sorta like a consolation prize for players not still in the playoffs.
Hockey Canada even tries to sell the tourney to players as seeding for 2014. But sometimes knicks and knocks and maybe even the emotional drain of an NHL season prevents players.
Should be a tourney for younger players to make a statement to the brain trust let the old vets heal after a long season.
word on the street is that Ryan O'Reilly will be going.. he is likely the only Av to be representing Canada as Duchene and Downie will be resting up injuries they have been playing through. Dark horse could be McGinn, but that would only happen if enough others declined their invitations.