On May 27th at 18:22 EST, team Canada will be announcing their final roster of 23 players. 16 players have already named which means that there’s 7 spots left in Canada’s team. Interesting fact is that the World Cup will be played on a regular (NHL) ice, even if the GM of team Canada’s, Doug Armstrong, mentioned that he won’t affect their choices. Let’s take a look on who’s already been picked and what are the spots left.
Even if Carey Price missed the majority of last season, he is still #1 by far. Doug Armstrong said that he is the only “wild card” in their team as they are still unsure if he will be able to play or not. If he can’t, they will need to find a 4th goalie. In my mind, Martin Jones (SJ) should be taken into consideration as he’s heading to the Stanley Cup finals and played a big role throughout the playoffs. Roberto Luongo (FLA) and Devan Dubnyk (MIN) are the other 2 options.
Drew Doughty (LA), Duncan Keith (CHI), Shea Weber (NSH) & Marc-Édouard Vlasic (SJ)
This is pretty much the same top 4 as the 2014 Sochi Olympics. The 5th pick seems pretty obvious in my opinion, there’s no way you cannot add Brent Burns into this lineup after what he has done this season and how well he is playing with the San Jose Sharks in the playoffs. The last 2 spots are going to be a tight contest between Kris Letang, PK Subban & Alex Pietrangelo.
8 out of these 9 players are centres, but it does not matter as they all can play wing as well. Only 4 spots are left and this is going to be an interesting selection. I feel like Corey Perry should be up there, as he & Getzlaf have been playing together forever and played on the same line in the Olympics as well. Perry just won the Gold medal and was team captain of team Canada at the IIHF World Cup.
At 19 years old, the 1st round pick of 2015, Connor McDavid is just too good. 48 points in 45 games in his first NHL season, that’s just pure domination coming from a kid. In the IIHF finals versus Finland, McDavid stepped up his game and was by far the best forward for team Canada.
Matt Duchene would be my 3rd pick. Speed and skills are his forte, matching him with McDavid could cause problems to any top defence.
The 4th and last pick could be a lot of players. Brad Marchamd, Brendan Gallagher, Ryan O’Reilly, Mark Stone, Claude Giroux or Patrick Sharp. Let’s not forget Joe Thornton, who has 18points in 18games and +6 going to the Stanley Cup series for the first time in his life. As they are going to be playing on NHL ice and not international ice, I feel like Jumbo Joe should be taken into consideration. Who’s your pick?