Team Canada (Make or Miss)
Eric Staal – Make
Eric Staal has not only been a dominate player throughout his career, he has experience in the Olympics. He was a member of the 2010 Canada team, which won the gold medal in Vancouver.
He may be off to a little bit of a slow start, but he has started to really pick up his play, and by February, he will be on track for another great season. This is why Eric Staal will be on Team Canada.
Staal will be an offensive threat, and he will be a very valuable two-way forward for Team Canada.
Jeff Skinner – Miss
Jeff Skinner, who got off to a very good start to the season, has been injured for the past few weeks. This likely wouldn’t make a huge difference on his Olympic hopes.
Is Skinner good enough to be on Team Canada? Yes, I think so, but Team Canada is stacked. They have so many talented players that will beat out Jeff Skinner. I think the Olympics is a possibility for the 21-year-old in four years, depending on where he takes his game.
Jeff Skinner is a fantastic young player, but Team Canada will want a more proven veteran leader for their roster. This isn’t a knock on Jeff Skinner, but it is very rare for a 21-year-old to make the Canadian Olympic Hockey Team.
Cam Ward – Miss
I think Cam Ward could make Team Canada, but with his injury early in the year, I think that will hurt him a lot. Team Canada already has great goaltenders in the NHL like Mike Smith and Roberto Luongo, so I think it will be very hard for Cam Ward to derail them.
I do feel like he deserves to be on Team Canada more so than Brayden Holtby of the Washington Capitals, who attended the Team Canada Camp. I feel like Cam Ward is a better option, because he was won a Stanley Cup, a Conn Smythe, and has been better through his career.
Cam Ward still has a shot to make it, but Ward will have to be a Vezina candidate to get put into the Team Canada discussion again.