Canada's Olympic Roster Shows Some Surprises: The Top Five

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Canada's Olympic Roster Shows Some Surprises: The Top Five

No one denies that Canada has easily the greatest star power of any country in the upcoming 2010 Winter Olympics.

No one denies that Stevie Y is ultimately one of the most gifted hockey players ever to grace the ice and he brings with him some of the most gifted staff in the world in All-Star coaches Babcock, Hitchcock, Ruff, and defensive mastermind Jacques Lemaire.

But what anyone can question is what caused Team Canada to opt against some of the stronger playmakers, snipers, and shutdown guys in lieu of other less known, perhaps less productive players.

It seems that the team is attempting to copy Sweden's rise to success with a good mix of stars and less-known players for a team atmosphere as opposed to a All-Star game.

In addition, it can be noted that even players not invited to this camp can be considered for the tournament and some will be scouted in the fall.

Who knows, it might pan out. Certainly, they seem like they should be the favorites every year when you're not even hard pressed to come up with a roster like this:

Goaltenders:
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Steve Mason, Columbus
Cam Ward, Carolina

Defensemen

Francois Beauchemin, UFA Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary
Dan Boyle, San Jose Brent Burns, Minnesota
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Mike Green, Washington
Dan Hamhuis, Nashville Duncan Keith, Chicago
Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Dion Phaneuf, Calgary
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Robyn Regehr, Calgary
Stephane Robidas, Dallas Brent Seabrook, Chicago
Marc Staal, NY Rangers Shea Weber, Nashville

Forwards

Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Dan Cleary, Detroit
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Shane Doan, Phoenix
Simon Gagne, Philadelphia Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim
Dany Heatley, Ottawa Jarome Iginla, Calgary
Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Milan Lucic, Boston
Patrick Marleau, San Jose Andy McDonald, St. Louis
Brenden Morrow, Dallas Rick Nash, Columbus
Corey Perry, Anaheim Mike Richards, Philadelphia
Derek Roy, Buffalo Joe Sakic, Colorado
Patrick Sharp, Chicago Ryan Smyth, Colorado
Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Eric Staal, Carolina
Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Joe Thornton, San Jose
Jonathan Toews, Chicago

Whatever happens, here's a look at some guys who made the team and some that were left behind.

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