Doan, Draper make team Canada
Team Canada men’s olympic team has been announced and while different than the one I would have chosen I understand almost all selections made. That is, except for Shane Doan and Kris Draper. It was obvious the team was based significantly on past experience in both the World Cup in 2004 and Olympics in 2002. This philosophy makes sense, except when those players are not playing well and are clearly being outplayed by others.
Kris Draper is having a poor year in Detroit this year. He has just 1 goal and 7 points and has by far the worst +/- on the Red Wings at -6 (next worst is -2). Shane Doan is not having a spectacular season in Phoenix either with just 6 goals, 22 points and the second lowest +/- on the Phoenix at -7. These guys were selected to be defensive players but there are clearly better choices to play this role. Brenden Morrow (10g, 27pts, +9) and Jason Arnott (11g, 27pts, +7) are both solid defensive players and are having much stronger seasons this year. If Brenden Morrow was good enough to be selected to the 2004 World Cup team he certainly was good enough to make this one. The rest of the team I can accept but there is no way Doan and Draper should have made this team.