Sports What Team Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey roster would look like with NHL players

19:06  11 january  2018
19:06  11 january  2018 Source:   MSN

Canada's men's Olympic hockey team to be named Thursday

  Canada's men's Olympic hockey team to be named Thursday The Canadian Olympic men's hockey team that will try for a third straight gold medal next month will be announced Thursday. © Jeff McIntosh/Canadian Press Canada's men's Olympic hockey team to be named Thursday Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee issued a joint release Wednesday announcing the team for the 2018 Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be unveiled in Calgary at noon ET. You can watch the announcement live on CBCSports.ca.

What Team Canada ’ s men ’ s Olympic hockey roster would look like with NHL players . It’s going to be a much different affair, albeit one still full of the passionate players and exciting stories that define every Olympics .

What Olympic hockey rosters would look like with NHL players . As usual, Team Canada has enough talent in its pool to fill about three Olympic squads, but some players had to be left off the "A" team .

a man wearing a uniform© Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images

Photo by Andre Ringuette/World Cup of Hockey via Getty Images

We already know what Team USA will look like for men’s hockey at the 2018 Winter Olympics, and we’ll find out about Team Canada with an announcement set Thursday afternoon. As you’ve surely heard by now, the proceedings have gone a bit differently than normal without the NHL.

Colleges, European leagues, and the AHL will be the prime sources of talent for this year’s tournament as a result of the NHL’s decision not to participate. It’s going to be a much different affair, albeit one still full of the passionate players and exciting stories that define every Olympics.

Gionta, Wisniewski highlight U.S. men's Olympic roster

  Gionta, Wisniewski highlight U.S. men's Olympic roster The U.S. men's Olympic hockey team won't feature current NHL players, but there will be a few familiar faces playing for gold next month in Pyeonchang, South Korea. The full roster was named Monday during the second intermission of the Winter Classic at Citi Field in New York, with forward Brian Gionta - who will be team captain - and defenseman James Wisniewski serving as the most notable names.Here's a look at the roster:GoaliesRyan Zapolski (KHL)(Two more goalies will added to the roster later in January.

What Olympic hockey rosters would look like with NHL players . Let' s pretend the folks at Hockey Canada fell on their heads and named me GM for the Olympic team . Here' s how I would pick the roster today

What Olympic hockey rosters would look like with NHL players . From Team USA to Canada , and Russia to Sweden, we came up with our ideal rosters for the medal contenders. What' s next for the top NHL players of 2017?

The one thing we’re really missing out on is the juggernaut national teams. Our look at a potential Team USA with NHL players revealed a stacked lineup featuring Auston Matthews, Patrick Kane, Seth Jones, and other stars. It’s too bad we can’t see a team like that representing the United States in Pyeongchang.

But as good as the Americans would’ve been, it’s fair to say that Team Canada would’ve been even better. Here’s a look at how we would put together a team of Canadians to try to win gold in February. For some comparison, here are projections from The Athletic, ESPN, and Sportsnet. This team would be, well, ridiculously stacked.

Forwards

F1: Taylor Hall — Connor McDavid — Nathan MacKinnon

F2: Brad Marchand — Sidney Crosby — Patrice Bergeron

Who will be on Canada’s top line for men’s Olympic team?

  Who will be on Canada’s top line for men’s Olympic team? Canada’s men’s Olympic hockey roster doesn’t have any studs or marquee names up front, so who will make up the top line? GM Sean Burke threw out three names in the running.Any one of the men who make up Canada’s off-ice leadership group will tell you this team was built to play, and win, ‘The Canadian Way.

What Olympic hockey rosters would look like with NHL players . From Team USA to Canada , and Russia to Sweden, we came up with our ideal rosters for the medal contenders.

Canadian men ' s Olympic hockey team a work in progress. Team Canada GM Sean Burke may have more questions than answers to work through as he constructs the roster for the 2018 Olympic men ' s hockey tournament.

F3: Steven Stamkos — John Tavares — Tyler Seguin

F4: Jamie Benn — Mark Scheifele — Claude Giroux

Extras: Jonathan Huberdeau, Jonathan Toews

Defensemen

D1: Duncan Keith — Drew Doughty

D2: Morgan Rielly — Alex Pietrangelo

D3: Mark Giordano — Dougie Hamilton

Extras: P.K. Subban, Brent Burns

Goaltenders

Starter: Corey Crawford

Backups: Carey Price, Braden Holtby

Obviously this leaves out a ton of great names. Here’s a sampling of those who miss the cut here: Mark Stone, Logan Couture, Shea Weber, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Sean Monahan, Matt Murray, Josh Bailey, Brayden Schenn, Mathew Barzal, Mitch Marner, Jake Muzzin, Jaden Schwartz, and Ryan Getzlaf. You could build a pretty impressive team just with those who didn’t make it.

Plan for joint Olympic team with North Korea gets icy reception in South .
While Seoul forges ahead with plans to use the upcoming Winter Olympics to showcase inter-Korean unity, some South Korean athletes are "furious" at proposals to form joint teams with North Koreans, highlighting a broader lack of enthusiasm for some of the government's peacemaking plans. Officials from both countries are still engaged in talks over exactly how the North will participate in next month's Games in Pyeongchang. But the backlash may trip up Seoul's plans to use the sporting event to improve bilateral ties after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programs.

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