2022 Winter Olympics: The Canadian men’s hockey roster is expected to initially appear in NBC Sports Boston
The most popular country to win the men's ice hockey gold medal at the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics is Canada, which is no surprise to anyone.
NHL players participated in the Olympic Games for five consecutive times from 1998 to 2014. Canada won gold medals in 2002, 2010 and 2014.
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The Canadians have the best and deepest forward lineup, as well as a very talented blue line. One position where they don't have a lot of elite talent is goalkeeper, but the options they have are still pretty good. There will be many outstanding players who have not advanced.
Which players are worth participating in the next Winter Olympics? This is our forecast for the men's Olympic hockey roster for the Canadian team.
The top line dominated the 2016 Hockey World Cup. The Bruins teammates Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand showed good chemistry with Sidney Crosby. This line is very suitable for any situation in any area at any point in the game. Three elite players with all the offensive and defensive skills the coach wants.
Canada is full of talents, and some centers need to play on the wing, including Steven Stammkos and Ryan O'Reilly. Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon can be said to be the top organizers of this sport, so they need to be in the middle.
These players don't have much time to develop chemistry before the Olympics, so it makes sense to put NHL teammates like Point and Stamkos together.
Once again, it makes sense to put teammates together, so Theodore and Pietragro are easy to skate in a pair. Pelech and Makar praised each other's skills. Makar is an offensive machine, and Pellec's defense is very good.
For the No. 1 Panthers, Eckblad had a wonderful season. Hamilton is one of the best offensive defenders in the league. Doughty has always been a polarizing draft pick. Some people think it's time to inject fresh blood into the blue line, while others say he played well enough to get a place in his third Olympic roster. I will take Doughty's experience with Morgan Rielly as the last blue line point.
If Kyrie Price can play, he can lock the team. His NHL and international records speak for themselves. When Canada won the gold medal at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, he was almost unparalleled (0.972 rescue rate). However, Price has not played for the Montreal Canadiens this season.
The following is the Canadian Olympic General Manager Doug Armstrong's comments on Price's status earlier this week:
Canadian Olympic General Manager Doug Armstrong said on the #RealKyperandBourne show that if Kyrie Price can return to the ice sometime around Christmas, they still have time to evaluate his performance in the Olympics.
If Price cannot play, Mark Andre Fleury will be a reliable starter. Jordan Binnington and Carter Hart are Canada's two second best choices. Considering his playoff experience, Binnington got our approval here.