Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Team Canada U-20 2012 Team

What I thought it would be:
Jonathan Huberdeau(QMJHL)-Zack Phillips(QMJHL)-Mark Stone(WHL)
Jaden Schwartz(WCHA)-Ryan Strome(OHL)-Brendan Gallagher(WHL)
Quinton Howden(WHL)-Mark Scheifele(OHL)-Tyler Toffoli(OHL)
Philip Danault(QMJHL)-Kevin Sundher(WHL)-Brad Ross(WHL)
Ty Rattie(WHL) Michael Bournival(QMJHL)

Brandon Gormley(QMJHL)-Dougie Hamilton(OHL)
Jamie Oleksiak(OHL)-Ryan Murphy(OHL)
Joe Morrow(WHL)- Mark Pysyk(WHL)
Jerome Gauthier-Leduc(QMJHL)

Tyler Bunz(WHL)
Louis Domingue(QMJHL)

What it is:




Where I went wrong:
-The goaltending I got completely wrong. I'm not sure Team Canada got this one completely right. I had Bunz and Domingue, both of whom got cut. They decided on the OHL goaltenders. Visnetin, who was on last years' team, got his spot back to prove he can get it done, even though, he has been subpar on his OHL club this season. Wedgewood is a lot on the same boat. If Canada has a weakness that can be exposed, its in goal.

- On the backend, I had Joe Morrow, Ryan Murphy and Jerome Gauthier-Leduc, who all got cut. They decided on Ryan Murray, Nicolas Beaulieu, and Scott Harrington. Murray I understand why he is on the team, but he is also the youngest player on the team. Some older players like Morrow and Murphy were cut while Murray makes the club. I'm also suprised they chose Beaulieu over Gauthier-Leduc. I feel Gauthier-Leduc has a better well-rounded game, but thats the way it goes. Scott Harrington is a surprise to make the club. I'm sure he'll fit a nice role as a depth Dman.

- On the forwards, Team Canada got some favors by getting Brett Connolly and Devante Smith-Pelly from NHL teams. Connolly likely sent Toffoli packing. Smith-Pelly likely sent both Danault and Ross packing. Not surprised to see Tanner Pearson on the club, he was an over sight on my part and full value to make the club, he likely beat out Ty Rattie. Boone Jenner likely beat out Kevin Sundher, Sundher wasn't even invited to the pre-camp. Freddie Hamilton likely beat out Zack Phillips.

- The team itself will bring more of a hard hat type team. It's a team short on skill, but long on work ethic and playing the game the right way. Should be an intetesting team this year. I'm not sure this team can outscore its goaltending. Team defense will be high priority with this club.

- Only got 12 out of 22 right this year. Meh, I guess better luck next year.

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