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Eye toward Vancouver, Take Three

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We are quickly approaching the time for the Olympic rosters to be set, so it is about time to take another look at what they might look like. This is something we’ve done on this blog during each of the past two Stanley Cup finals, but now we’re just a few weeks away.

There was a graphic with today’s story on Mike Green that included an educated guess at what Team Canada’s roster might look like on Dec. 30. Here it is for those of you who don’t get the paper:

GOALTENDERS

Martin Brodeur

Marc-Andre Fleury

Roberto Luongo

Just missed: Marty Turco

Analysis: Those three have separated from the pack, so this is a pretty easy choice. It might be Bobby Lou’s home rink, but expect it to be Brodeur’s net barring any unforeseen changes.

FORWARDS

Sidney Crosby

Jarome Iginla

Rick Nash

Joe Thornton

Dany Heatley

Ryan Getzlaf

Corey Perry

Brendan Morrow

Jonathan Toews

Mike Richards

Patrick Marleau

Martin St. Louis

Steven Stamkos

Just missed: Jeff Carter, Ryan Smyth

Analysis: Top-end guys not as flashy as Team Russia, but no other team can match Canada’s combination of depth and guys who are both skilled and play a physical style. That could be a huge factor on the NHL-sized rink in Vancouver.

DEFENSEMEN

Scott Neidermayer

Chris Pronger

Duncan Keith

Shea Weber

Dan Boyle

Jay Bouwmeester

MIKE GREEN

Just missed: Brent Seabrook, Drew Doughty

Analysis: Those first four guys are locks, and Boyle/Bouwmeester might be pretty close to that. In this scenario Green might not dress at the start of the tournament, but if the team is struggling to score or the power play is lagging (like what happened in 2006) then they can turn to Green for a boost.

If I were drawing up the forward lines, I’d probably start with something like this:

Nash-Crosby-Iginla

Heatley-Thornton-Marleau

St. Louis-Getzlaf-Perry

Morrow-Richards-Toews

Stamkos

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