The Canadian men's hockey team will announce its roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi on Tuesday morning. This follows the announcement of Team USA early last week at the conclusion of the NHL Winter Classic.
As it generally does, the decisions almost entirely fall into two categories. Some are so obvious that most 12-year-old fans could make them. Others are so controversial that no matter what choice Steve Yzerman and his cadre of advisers make, there will be heavy criticism.
The depth chart is overflowing with strength, especially at centre and on right defence. The top two goaltenders (i.e. "the guys who will actually play") are abundantly clear. But on the wings and on the left side of the blue line, the talent level drops a bit, and the decisions get much more difficult.
The following is our prediction for who makes the cut on the final roster. It is important to note that we are not here with projections of who we feel should make the final cut but rather which players will be selected.
Read on for our best guess of which players will comprise Team Canada's 14 forwards, eight defencemen and three goalies when they are announced a few days from now.
All statistics courtesy of NHL.com and current through January 4. All players listed at projected position on the Olympic roster, not that which they play on their current teams.