2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team Snubs: Top Players Left off Sochi Roster

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2014 Canadian Olympic Hockey Team Snubs: Top Players Left off Sochi Roster
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As the defending gold medalists, there will be immense pressure on Team Canada to repeat at the 2014 Winter Olympics from Sochi, Russia.

While there is plenty of talent on this year's roster, there were several marquee names like Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux, San Jose’s Logan Couture and others that were robbed of their rightful spot on the team.

These men have been snubbed.

Here is the full roster (via NHL.com), the top five snubs and the most glaring oversights made by the team.

 

Canada's 2014 Men's Hockey Olympic Roster
Forwards Team
Jamie Benn Dallas Stars
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins
Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins
Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks
Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins
Patrick Marleau San Jose Sharks
Rick Nash New York Rangers
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks
Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning
John Tavares New York Islanders
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks
Defensemen Team
Jay Bouwmeester St. Louis Blues
Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings
Dan Hamhuis Vancouver Canucks
Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks
Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues
P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens
Marc Edouard Vlasic San Jose Sharks
Shea Weber Nashville Predators
Goaltenders Team
Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens
Mike Smith Phoenix Coyotes

Source: NHL.com

 

Now that we've seen the full roster, here are the top snubs Team Canada passed on:

Biggest Snubs of 2014
Player Position Team Goals Assists Points
Logan Couture C San Jose Sharks 14 21 35
Claude Giroux C Philadelphia Flyers 12 26 38
Dan Boyle D San Jose Sharks 7 12 19
Eric Staal C Carolina Hurricanes 10 25 35
Martin St. Louis RW Tampa Bay Lightning 17 21 38

Source: NHL.com

 

The Inexcusables

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Claude Giroux, C, Philadelphia Flyers

The Flyers and captain Claude Giroux started the 2013-14 NHL season slowly, but led by the center’s elite play and ice-vision, the team has surged back into contention.

Giroux should have been rewarded for his play with a spot on the Olympic roster, as few have been as statistically dominant over the last three seasons, according to David Strehle of The Fourth Period:

Philadelphia has won seven of the last nine games, with Giroux leading the charge behind five goals, eight assists and 13 points during that stretch. He is clearly the best player on the team and one of the most gifted athletes in the sport.

Team Canada dropped the ball snubbing the star center, but the Flyers are hoping it could light a spark for the second half of the season, just as Sam Carchidi of The Philadelphia Inquirer suggests:

Add in Giroux’s willingness and ability to play in every facet of the game—he is an effective power-play specialist and a force on the penalty kill—and the versatility and tenacity of Giroux will be missed during the Olympics.

 

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Logan Couture, C, San Jose Sharks

The news that Sharks center Logan Couture would be forced to undergo surgery on his hand, per Kevin Kurz of CSNBayArea.com, made his snub from the Olympic team easier to deal with, but it is still an egregious error.

Mark Purdy of the Mercury News agrees:

Couture, 24, should have been named to the team and a replacement could have been named. Instead, his 35 points and stellar play at both ends of the ice will be excluded from the festivities.

Yahoo! Sports’ Greg Wyshynski feels bad for Couture:

The injury couldn’t have come at a worse time for the young star, but the blatant snub this year should create the motivation to make the next Olympic team in 2018. It’s a shame he’ll have to wait that long.

 

*Stats via NHL.com.

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