Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014 Roster: Ranking Each Candidate for Sochi Games

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Canada Olympic Hockey Team 2014 Roster: Ranking Each Candidate for Sochi Games
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Team Canada enters the 2014 Olympics as hockey's defending gold medalists. As always, there is considerable debate over who should go to Sochi to defend that title.

That's where these power rankings come in. They aren't traditional power rankings in the sense that we aren't looking at just a brief period of time; instead they're designed to weigh each skater's chances at making the team based on what we know today.  

Each of the following slides offers a brief case for and against, as well as our view of the likelihood of each player making the Olympic roster. We've focused exclusively on skaters here (having covered goalies in a previous post), and while health matters are mentioned, the players are ranked under the assumption that they will be ready in time for the Olympics.

Who are the dark horses? Which players are on the bubble? Who is all but untouchable? Read on for our view of who Team Canada is likeliest to bring to Sochi (important note: not necessarily the team we would take). 

 

Statistics are current through November 12, and come courtesy of NHL.com, eliteprospects.com, hockeyanalysis.com and extraskater.com unless otherwise noted.

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