With the 2012 NHL All-Star Game roster announced on Thursday, now is a good time to look forward to another All-Star tournament: the 2014 Winter Olympic Games.
Canada will try to defend their gold medal against a talented field (in November, I looked ahead at a potential USA roster). There is a lot of talent for Canada to choose from again, and a lot of veterans of the 2010 Games that might find themselves replaced by a younger, faster player.
What follows is a potential 22-man roster for Canada to take to Sochi.
NOTE: The most obvious, game-changing player that should be on this roster is Sidney Crosby. However, because of the reality that his future health status is unknown at this time, I did not include him in this projected roster. So, please, no "where's Crosby" questions. Thanks.