As I’m sure you’ve heard by now, Team Canada announced yesterday its 23-man roster for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver in February. [picapp align=”right” wrap=”true” link=”term=eric+staal&iid=7436505″ src=”2/d/1/b/Hurricanes_v_Capitals_52ac.JPG?adImageId=8741687&imageId=7436505″ width=”234″ height=”304″ /]
Before I criticize too much, here is the complete list.
Forwards: Patrice Bergeron, Sidney Crosby, Ryan Getzlaf, Dany Heatley, Jarome Iginla, Patrick Marleau, Brenden Morrow, Rich Nash, Corey Perry, Mike Richards, Eric Staal, Joe Thornton, Jonathan Toews.
Defence: Dan Boyle, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Scott Niedermayer, Chris Pronger, Brent Seabrook, Shea Weber.
Goalies: Martin Brodeur, Marc-Andre Fleury, Roberto Luongo.
Players left off the roster include Ryan Smyth, Vincent Lecavalier, Martin St. Louis, Steven Stamkos, Mike Green, Jeff Carter, Shane Doan, Mike Fisher, Dion Phaneuf and Jay Bouwmeester.
Last month I made my predictions on who would make the team. I figured Mike Green wouldn’t make it (sure, he may be offensive, but it’s not just offence that will win the gold). Even if Steven Stamkos didn’t make it, I thought Martin St. Louis would.
But the biggest surprise was Eric Staal. After eliminating the Boston Bruins last year in the playoffs, Staal hasn’t done much. He didn’t do much in the semifinals against the Pittsburgh Penguins, but he had just played back-to-back seven-game series, so he may have been exhausted.
But he has been brutal so far this year (except for a four-point game the other night). He did score 100 points … five years ago. His points have declined. He’s battled injuries this year. He hasn’t played well this season.
I really don’t understand how he made the team. Can someone explain it to me?