January 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Tampa Bay Lightning vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman addresses the National Hockey League lockout during a press conference at the Westin New York in Times Square. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Picking Canada's 2014 Squad: Who Makes The Cut?

Steve Yzerman has the ultimate responsibility of selecting the players who will dawn the red and white as he returns as GM of Team Canada in 2014. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Steve Yzerman has some tough choices ahead of him.

Selecting Canada’s Olympic hockey team is never an easy task considering the amount of high end talent in this country and the limited spaces available. Not to mention the pressure this team will face to repeat as Olympic gold medalists in a country where hockey trumps all else.

But, Yzerman’s problem is a good one.  As Canada’s GM in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver he made all the right moves.

Canada will once again have the best coach in the world behind their bench as they have announced that  Detroit’s Mike Babcock will return as bench boss.

Babcock and Yzerman agree that to make Team Canada all players will have at least one thing in common…Yzerman told the Canadian Press the emphasis for this team will be all about speed:

“Ultimately, we’ll pick the best players available to us, but playing on a bigger ice surface, I believe there is a priority on being able to skate,” Yzerman said on a conference call. “That will weigh into our final decisions on putting this team together.”

The group I’ve assembled has plenty of size, speed, and finish. However,  if there is one serious question mark that surrounds Team Canada, it’s in the goaltending department.

Canada’s final roster will be made up of 25 players (14 forwards, 8 defense, 3 goalies).

Jordan Hoy’s 2014 Team Canada Roster

FORWARDS

Rick Nash

Sidney Crosby

Steven Stamkos

John Tavares

Jonathan Toews

Corey Perry

Logan Couture

Patrice Bergeron

Patrick Sharp

Eric Staal

Claude Giroux

Ryan Getzlaf

Jordan Eberle

Taylor Hall

DEFENSEMEN

Duncan Keith

Brent Seabrook

Shea Weber

Drew Doughty

Alex Pietrangelo

P.K. Subban

Marc Staal

Kris Letang

GOALIES

Carey Price

Corey Crawford

Roberto Luongo

At the risk of alienating my American friends…

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