I think Finland has really dropped off over the years, I know they placed 3rd in 2010 but looking at their potential roster it looks very weak. Only 21 Finnish players in the NHL right now and a lot of those guys are going to be pretty old by 2014 (Selanne, S. Koivu, Salo, Timonen) they would certainly be huge underdogs to win Gold.
Yeah, and O.Jokinen has retired from international competition on top of those names. The weakest spot, though is the defense. Timonen, Lydman, Salo and Pitkänen are the only regular Finnish NHL defensemen and only Pitkänen is closer to 30 than 40. We have more starting NHL goalies than regular defensemen. It's gonna take Hasek in 1998-caliber performance from Rinne or Lehtonen for Finland to challenge for medals.
Nahh...I am the biggest Canadian hockey fan out there, but we are not really ahead of any of the top six teams. Deeper, yeah I think so, but any country in the top six can put a competative team of 23 players together and beat Canada.
It would take a lot of luck. Russia has a handful of top level elite talent but lacks depth and has terrible defense. The US team has grit and good goaltending but doesn't have enough elite level talent. Sweden would be the best bet to beat Canada but matching their teams up, Canada should beat them 9 out of 10 times. Czech Repub doesn't have elite talent and has a terrible defense.
At this point, how can Yzerman leave him off? He's done nothing but produce since being snubbed last time. I don't think I'm being a homer in saying he is the best Canadian winger in the game, and he's showing no signs of slowing down.
You should've seen the way RDS (French TSN) flipped their **** when Marty St-Louis wasn't chosen for Team Canada in 2010. I don't always agree with them, but I did that day.
Aaron Ward, Darren Pang and Bob MacKenzie made their "changes" to his team.
Aaron Ward took Benn out, put Skinner in. Darren Pang took out Ward and Coburn out and put in Luongo and Schultz, and MacKenzie took out Seguin and put on Gezlaf.
The only one that made sense there was Luongo for Ward (Though Fleury for Luongo makes more sense) and Seguin for Getzlaf. The other's made no sense, Skinner I could see making the team but not at the expense of Benn. Coburn and Schultz both won't make it so lol.