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.
|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|
|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|
|Roberto Luongo||Vancouver Canucks|
|Carey Price||Montreal Canadiens|
|Mike Smith||Phoenix Coyotes|
Now that we've seen the full roster, here are the top snubs Team Canada passed on:
|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|
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:
Team Canada roster announced & #Flyers Claude Giroux, Canadian player who has racked up most NHL points in last 3 years, is not included.— David Strehle (@DStrehleTFP) January 7, 2014
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:
If _ IF _ Claude Giroux doesn't make it, he would play with a huge chip on his shoulder in second half of season, a la Bobby Ryan.— Sam Carchidi (@BroadStBull) January 7, 2014
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.
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:
Legit feel badly for @Logancouture. Not sure if it's the injury or what, but that guy's an Olympian.— Greg Wyshynski (@wyshynski) January 7, 2014
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.