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Canada has a dressing room full of talent that can win gold.

Forget about the insane analysis and the nitpicking, the recently announced Canadian Olympic team can win it all in Vancouver.

There is youth, grit, experience and explosive firepower, let alone stellar goaltending and both mobile and sturdy defence. Kudos to Steve Yzerman and the Team Canada brain trust.

There were some solid players that did not get selected, such as Martin St. Louis, the mercurial Vinny Lecavalier and the rock hard horse on D called Jay Bouwmeester but look at who made it, you cannot say any of those players does not deserve to be there. We in fact could field two teams and score two medals in this thing.

Thumbs up to Canadian GM Steve Yzerman and coach Mike Babcock on the team they assembled.

Drew Doughty raised some eyebrows but if you follow hockey closely and catch the late night highlights, whenever there is a LA King highlight, Doughty is in the middle of it. He is the best all round defenceman when you stack him up against Calgary’s  Bouwmeester or Mike Green of the Capitals. Doughty has more offensive upside than Bouwmeester and brings  Green-like offense without the Green-like poor defensive play.

The following is not a complaint but if I had my choice I’d likely replace Brenden Morrow upfront with either Lecavalier or St. Louis, their explosive nature just appeals me to more. However, Morrow does not hurt the team and fills a needed role upfront.

Scott Niedermayer as captain works for me here. Sidney Crosby will get his chance to be captain on future teams but the silky smooth skating Niedermayer deserves it. Anyway, any given excellent team will have leaders emerge regardless of the letter or lack thereof on their chest.

I love the idea of having pairings and players familiar with one another. Brent Seabrook and Duncan Keith on D from the Blackhawks works for me. They are that team’s top shutdown pair and will be solid for Team Canada.

Cory Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are  linemates with the Ducks and have won together and can be bring their dynamic offense together to Canada.

The wildcard is the San Jose Trio, all three guys need to prove they can perform and win. They have a sickening amount of talent and I’m sure Babcock and Stevie Y will ensure they have their heads screwed on straight.

Lastly, in the nets, I’ll take any of Brodeur, Luongo or Fleury and not sweat it on any given night.

Go Canada Go!!!!


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