Team Canada At The 2014 Winter Olympics: Editor In Leaf's Picks

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Jeff Langridge’s Picks

 

Perry Nelson-USA TODAY Sports

LW                            C                                  RW

Jamie Benn            Sidney Crosby        Steven Stamkos

Patrick Sharp       Jonathan Toews     John Tavares

Logan Couture    Patrice Bergeron    Martin St. Louis

Matt Duchene     Ryan Getzlaf             Corey Perry

Extras: Joe Thornton & Jordan Eberle

LD                                          RD

Duncan Keith                     Drew Doughty

Marc-Edouard Vlasic     Shea Weber

Jay Bouwmeester            Alex Pietrangelo

Extras: Dion Phaneuf & P.K. Subban

G

Roberto Luongo

Carey Price

Jonathan Bernier

Jeff’s Explanation:

As for the forwards, my big omission is Claude Giroux. My two picks that I think could make big differences are Thornton and Eberle. Thornton because of his experience and size and Eberle because of his speed and clutch ability, especially in international play.

You might think I’m being a homer, but my picks of Phaneuf and Bernier are not because they are Maple Leafs.

Not everyone likes the plus/minus stat but the fact that Phaneuf leads a Leaf team in that stat when he is playing against the opposition’s best players, some of whom are playing on Canada’s top two lines, speaks volumes.

Bernier is one of the goalies simply because his stats say that he is one of the best Canadian goalies in the league this year, ahead of others who might be bigger names. However, if Luongo is unable to make the team, I would include Corey Crawford in his place.

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