THE TEAM….

Canada finally announced their 2014 roster for the Sochi Olympics, and without a doubt the biggest surprise is Claude Giroux not making the team.

There are eleven returning players on the 25-man roster, but in my eyes Rick Nash continues to be the most overrated player in the NHL. Nash has had one 70-point season, and since the 2010 Olympics he has scored 185 points in 228 games, 25th most amongst Canadian-born players. In that same time span Marty St.Louis has scored the most points, 271, while Giroux is third with 255.

Giroux is flat out more competitive game in, game out than Nash. Nash has only two goals in 16 NHL playoff games, but Hockey Canada seems to put more onus on the fact he has played well at the water-downed World Championships.

Nash did play okay at the last Olympics, but how much of that was because he was on Toews line, and Toews was the best player in the tournament.

Nash has 18 points in 27 games this year. No one can say he is playing well, or close to the level of Claude Giroux, but Hockey Canada choose him because he’s played for them before. I guess Giroux should not play crappier in the NHL so his team could miss the playoffs and he can pad his stats at the World Championships.

Here is the roster, returning players have **.

Goalies:

  • Roberto Luongo**
  • Carey Price
  • Mike Smith

Defence:

  • Jay Bouwmeester
  • Drew Doughty**
  • Dan Hamuis
  • Duncan Keith**
  • Alex Pietrangelo
  • PK Subban
  • Marc-Edouard Vlasic
  • Shea Weber**

Forwards:

  • Jamie Benn
  • Patrice Bergeron**
  • Jeff Carter
  • Sidney Crosby**
  • Matt Duchene
  • Ryan Getzlaf**
  • Chris Kunitz
  • Patrick Marleau**
  • Rick Nash**
  • Corey Perry**
  • Patrick Sharp
  • Steven Stamkos
  • John Tavares
  • Jonathan Toews**

I still believe Canada is the favourite, because of the blueline and their top-six forwards; Crosby, Tavares, Stamkos, Getzlaf, Perry and Toews.

It will be an awesome tournament and I can’t wait to watch, but picking Nash over Giroux makes little sense. Essentially they are basing it on seven good games that happened four years ago. Horrible decision.

Which decision surpised you?

RECENTLY BY JASON GREGOR 

  • Didn’t like Mike Smith over MA Fleury.
    Didn’t like Dan Hamhuis over Brent Seabrook
    Didn’t like Jeff Carter and Rick Nash over Martin St. Louis and Claude Giroux.

    Can live with the rest.

    • Zarny

      MA Fleury has consistently played like garbage in the playoffs the last few years. He had zero chance of making the team.

      Hamhuis shoots left; Seabrook shoots right.

      I agree with St. Louis and Giroux over Nash for sure. Carter less so. I’m not convinced he’ll be as effective on big ice but he scores G and has come up big in the playoffs.

      Playing good when it counts and with all of the pressure counts and it counts a lot.

  • **

    Something of note—for Team Canada’s roster—of the 25 players, 22 come from teams in the top half of the standings. The only outliers are Tavares, Weber, and Nash. Hate to say it, but if you play for a team in the bottom half of the league, your chances of making Team Canada plummet. There are a few exceptions, but by and large if you aren’t playing for a good team, and playing well for them, you lack a lot of opportunity to make the Olympic roster.

    What this says to me about Hallsy’s chances for 2018, barring a truly miraculous turnaround by the Oilers, is not good. I hope for his sake he could be one of the exceptions, but it’s definitely not a sure thing. And for a guy with his talent level and passion, you’d hate to see him get skipped again because he plays for a joke of an organization.

  • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

    Also interesting to note…only three players that play from Canadian teams. No Oilers, Flames, Leafs, or Senators.

    Edit: OOPS! Left out the Jets! No Jets either.

  • geoilersgist

    I am shocked that Nash made the team also. I don’t think Stamkos will be ready in time either. The guy had his leg broken and just began skating on his own yesterday. Little surprised they left Seabrook off the team too.

    • oilerjed

      I wouldnt be surprised if he is ready. I had this same injury last spring. Went undiagnosed for a month since I could walk okay on it I thought it was just bruised. After finally getting xrayed the Doc mentioned that using it actually helps heal it faster. Was back at Taekwondo after 4-5 weeks, kicking as hard as I wanted. Long story short Stamkos should be able to light it uo in Sochi

      Edit: should have mentioned that it is a none weight bearing bone which is why I could walk on it ok.

    • ToppsSmith

      Nash I think they will toss on the third line. Get him grinding, he is great at that when he isn’t expected to score, Seabrook defiantly should be there too. I was shocked at a few names, but Nash wadn’t one of them

  • Yzerman didn’t read your post about Hall v Duchene I guess…. I feel Hall wasn’t even really given that much consideration in the grand scheme of things. I mean TSN didn’t even have him listed as a “notable”…

  • Old Retired Guy (A.K.A. Die-Nasty)

    I’m excited to watch Team Canada in Sochi…..but I’m a little surprised that we always talk about Canada’s depth and being able to send two teams etc…and then you get a team with a Kunitz, an under performing Nash, an injured Stamkos, guys like Tavares and Duchene having to play out of position, and goaltending that may not match up to the best goaltending in the tournament.

    Still, it’s a great team who we can all get behind and enjoy the 2 weeks in February.

  • Romulus' Apotheosis

    They made some mistakes (cough, Bergeron, Hamhuis, Carter, Bouwmeester, Nash), but they got some right (Duchene, Subban, Vlasic, Benn, Pietrangelo). Overall, I think they got more correct than not and I’m stoked for Canada’s 2014 Gold Medal Run!

  • Zarny

    i would argue the biggest surprise is no MSL…we had lemieux in 2002 as our veteran, 2006 was sakic, and 2010 was iggy….i don’t see our veteran leader on this team

  • Serious Gord

    I can’t stand Nash. People are in love with the guy because of his size, hands and he skates well. He scores the occasional highlight goal, but his production is nothing to write home about. Definitely the most overrated player in the league. James Neal should be pissed. Duchene Carter is ???? for me. Giroux and St. Louis should bether.

    Seabrook off is a tough one as well.