Everyone seems to have an opinion on it and since I can be opinionated at times, I may as well give mine. This would be my choice for the Canadian Olympic team selection.
Gagne Sakic Iginla
Smyth Spezza Heatley
Richards Lecavalier St. Louis
Morrow Thornton Shanahan
I am not convinced that all three Tampa players should make the team but I have a hard time picking which one should be left off and I think that Gretzky will take all three so I have decided to leave them on my list too. I had intended to take Luongo but he has played very poorly of late and Turco has been a solid goalie throughout his career and I think he deserves to be given the last spot. I also took Arnott as my extra forward over the others because I think he does more things well and is more versatile than say Tanguay, Kariya, Savard, etc. I took Spezza over Staal because of his chemistry with Heatley and because he is more of a pure playmaker and that is probably a better fit with the scoring wingers on the team. Shanahan is a guy who doesn’t get talked about all that much but he’s having a great year (17 goals), has Olympic experience (1998, 2002) and is a proven winner. With Yzerman and Lemieux not attending his experience and leadership will certainly help. Foote and Blake are also borderline picks but again, their experience is why I put them on the team over McCabe and Phaneuf. I don’t think McCabe will make the team but it would not surprise Phaneuf made the team over Blake or (more likely) Foote.