It should come at no surprise that Team Canada will be, once again, considered as one of the favourite teams to win the upcoming World Cup of Hockey presented in Toronto starting on September 17th, with the finals scheduled for October 1st 2016. Not surprising considering that the current Canadian 23-man roster will be touching a total of just under $170 million dollars ($169.42M) in the upcoming season! Jake Muzzin, with his $4 million dollars, will be the “poor man” on this year’s squad.
Head coach Mike Babcock‘s team is almost identical to the one who won the gold medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics. Lead by Doug Armstrong, Marc Bergevin, Rob Blake, Ken Holland, Bob Murray, Claude Julien, Barry Trotz, Joel Quenneville and of course Babcock himself (amongst others), the selection group for Team Canada seems to have hurt the feelings of a few arm chair GM’s, particularly fans of former Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban. It is however hard to argue against the experience and track record of the men involved in making those tough decisions, one must admit.
Here is the final roster (as of August 28th) for Team Canada, after Jamie Benn and Duncan Keith had to forfeit their presence in the international tournament, replaced by Logan Couture and Jay Bouwmeester:
Canada being so deep in so many positions, wouldn’t it be fun if the “left-overs” formed a team to compete in the tournament as well? After all, they did form a Team North America! Just for the fun of it, I compiled a second team that could potential compete in the World Cup and I’m really curious to see how it would do against the other big boys, and where they would rank when it’s all said and done…
- Roberto Luongo 35-19-6, 2.35 GAA, .922 Sv%
- Martin Jones 37-23-4, 2.27 GAA, .918 Sv%
- Marc-Andre Fleury 35-17-6, 2.29 GAA, .921 Sv%
- Kris Letang (RD) 16-51-67
- P.K. Subban (RD) 6-45-51
- Brent Seabrook (RD) 14-35-49
- Mark Giordano (LD) 21-35-56
- TJ Brodie (LD) 6-39-45
- Morgan Rielly (LD) 9-27-36
- Aaron Ekblad (RD) 15-21-36
- Taylor Hall (LW) 26-39-65
- Brayden Schenn (LW) 26-33-59
- Mike Hoffman (LW) 29-30-59
- Max Domi (LW) 18-34-52
- Jason Spezza (C) 33-30-63
- Nathan McKinnon (C) 21-31-52
- Connor McDavid (C) 16-32-48 (in 45 GP)
- Ryan O’Reilly (C) 21-39-60
- Corey Perry (RW) 34-28-62
- Mark Stone (RW) 23-38-61
- Wayne Simmonds (RW) 32-28-60
- James Neal (RW) 31-27-58
- Ryan Johansen (C) 14-46-60
Coaching the team, we could go with Lindy Ruff, Gerard Gallant, Darryl Sutter and/or Alain Vigneault. As Managers, Stan Bowman, Jim Nill, David Poile, Jim Rutherford and/or Steve Yzerman would all be good choices.
Wouldn’t it be fun to see those guys compete against other nations and try to prove to Team Canada 1’s management that they have made a mistake in not selecting them?
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