Yes, I know it says Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll, but lets face it, the biggest questions of the day all surround the announcement of Team Canada. So technically the poll still does concern a Maple Leaf, excepts it’s red instead of blue.
There’s always a lot of talk of who will and who won’t make the team. This poll concerns some players that might not make the team. Most of these players all have been to the Oympics previously, only one of them not having experience.
The players I’m talking about are Martin St. Louis, Joe Thornton, Rick Nash and Claude Giroux.
All these players could be big parts of Team Canada if they’re named to the team. It’s just unlikely that all four of them will be.
St. Louis plays for Team Canada’s general manager Steve Yzerman for the Tampa Bay Lightning. That might give him an edge, but the fact that he has helped keep the Lightning near the top of the Atlantic Division with the absence of Steven Stamkos.
Thornton leads the NHL in assists and is fifth in points. Thornton’s big body is an asset in the NHL, whether Team Canada brass thinks he can move quickly on the big ice of Russia will make a big difference as to whether he makes the team or not.
Nash has always been a great player for Canada internationally. Of course, when you played for the Columbus Blue Jackets for most of your career, you usually get to play in a lot of World Championships. That is what will put him on this team, because his play this season in the NHL says he shouldn’t.
Giroux is the most interesting name on this list. He began the season as a near-lock to make the team. However, his horrendous start to the season, not scoring a goal until the Philadelphia Flyers’ 16th game. His stats are still good enough to make the team, but his start to the season raises some questions.
So, out of St. Louis, Thornton, Nash and Giroux…