Team Canada in 2010 – Version 2.0

Jeff Angus


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Last June I wrote this piece on my ideas for the Canadian Olympic roster for the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Yesterday's debut of Pierre McGuire's roster picks inspired me to update my selections. Over the past nine months quite a bit has changed, and my updated roster will reflect that.


Just for comparisons' sake, here is the roster McGuire selected on TSN:

Crosby – Lecavalier – Iginla
Heatley – Getzlaf – Nash
Carter – Thornton – Gagne
Morrow – M. Richards – Doan
Bouwmeester – Niedermayer
Phaneuf – Weber
Burns – Green

The most notable omission from Pierre's team is Chris Pronger, who is arguably the best (and unarguably the dirtiest) defenseman from Canada. Pierre also left off Joe Sakic, who will be in tough to make the team with so much young talent emerging up front for Canada.


Here is the roster I had put together last June:


Nash – Thornton – Heatley
Lecavalier –  Crosby –  St. Louis
Sakic – Staal – Iginla
Morrow – Richards – Doan
Pronger – Bouwmeester
Weber – Phaneuf
Regehr – Burns


My original team had nine of the same forwards as Pierre's, four of the same defensemen, and the same goaltending trio. There are several notable omissions from my original team that either slipped my mind at the time (Simon Gagne), or have played their way on to my new and improved roster (Jeff Carter). I have added players and also tinkered with line combinations a bit (besides the extremely exciting potential checking line of Mike Richards centering Morrow and Doan).


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