I just compiled a list of predictions for the U.S. team in 2010, which was a far easier task. The following list is going to be incorrect by a landslide, but it sure would be fun to see this group on the ice together in any format:
(Player / Position / Height / Weight / Age in 2010 / Current NHL Team / Hometown)
Sidney Crosby C 5'11" / 200 / 22 (PIT, Cole Harbour, NS)
Shane Doan RW 6'2" / 216 / 33 (PHO, Halkirk, AB)
Simon Gagne LW 6'0" / 195 / 29 (PHI, Ste-Foy, PQ)
Ryan Getzlaf C 6'4" / 221 / 24 (ANA, Regina, SK)
Dany Heatley LW 6'3" / 200 / 29 (OTT, Freiburg, West Germany [Dual Citizen])
Jarome Iginla RW 6'1" / 205 / 32 (CAL, Edmonton, AB)
Vincent Lecavalier C 6'4" / 219 / 29 (TB, Ile-Bizard, PQ)
Rick Nash LW 6'4" / 218 / 25 (CBJ, Brampton, ON)
Mike Richards C 5'11" / 195 / 24 (PHI, Kenora, ON)
Joe Sakic C 5'11" / 195 / 40 (COL, Burnaby, BC)
Marc Savard C 5'10" / 196 / 32 (BOS, Ottawa, ON)
Jason Spezza C 6'3" / 214 / 26 (OTT, Mississauga, ON)
Eric Staal C 6'4" / 205 / 25 (CAR, Thunder Bay, ON)
Joe Thornton C 6'4" / 235 / 30 (SJ, London, ON)
Jeff Carter C 6'5" / 200 / 25 (PHI, London, ON)
Jonathon Toews C 6'2" / 203 / 21 (CHI, Winnipeg, MB)
Rob Blake 6'4" / 225 / 40 (SJ, Simcoe, ON)
Dan Boyle 5'11" / 190 / 33 (SJ, Ottawa, ON)
Brian Campbell 6'0" / 191 / 30 (CHI, Strathroy, ON)
Mike Green 6'1" / 200 / 24 (WAS, Calgary, AB)
Scott Niedermayer 6'1" / 198 / 36 (ANA, Edmonton, AB)
Dion Phaneuf 6'3" / 215 / 24 (CAL, Edmonton, AB)
Chris Pronger 6'6" / 213 / 35 (ANA, Dryden, ON)
Jay Bouwmeester 6'4" / 212 / 26 (FLA, Edmonton, AB)
Shea Weber 6'3" / 213 / 24 (NAS, Sicamous, BC)
Martin Brodeur 6'2" / 215 / 37 (NJ, Montreal, PQ)
Roberto Luongo 6'3" / 205 / 30 (VAN, Montreal, PQ)
Marty Turco 5'11" / 189 / 34 (DAL, Sault Ste. Marie, ON)
Jean-Sebastian Giguere 6'1" / 201 / 32 (ANA, Montreal, PQ)
Marc-Andre Fleury 6'2" / 180 / 25 (PIT, Sorel, PQ)
Obviously this is too many, but I honestly don't know who to take off.
And if Jeff Carter only scores 10 more goals all year, he still finishes with 36 this year. If he reaches 50, which is certainly possible considering we aren't even at the half-way point, I don't see how you keep him off this roster.
Regardless of his numbers, I don't think you could find anyone who wouldn't want Toews on the team either.
The only forwards I wouldn't be absolutely shocked not to see on the roster would be Gagne and Staal.
Blake and Niedermayer are certainly question marks due to their age, but I think that if they want to play, they will not be turned away. Same with Joe Sakic.
The goaltending trio is identical from 2006, and why wouldn't it be. The only controversy is whether or not they will let Luongo take over as the starter. Thank Christ I don't have to make that decision.
Possible Line Combinations:
Um, are you kidding me? The only problem with all of this is that anything less than a Gold is a complete and utter disappointment. In fact, if they don't dominate like the U.S. Basketball team in China, it's a let down. This squad is ridiculous.
Speaking of the U.S. hoops team, some might say of this squad that there are no role players, much like the group put together on the hard-court for the U.S in 2008. But players that are good enough and know the game can do anything they are asked.
Dwayne Wade did everything you could think of last year, from taking charges, diving for loose balls, and rebounding like crazy, and I think that any of these talented skaters could do the same—on the ice that is.
Just for fun:
The "Who would shoot the puck?" line:
Ok obviously these guys can score, but they are probably also three of the best playmakers to ever take the ice.
The "Who would pass the puck?" line:
Again, obviously they can pass, but when you can shoot like these three, why would you? Though this is completely a joke, I still guarantee you'd never see the three of them together.
The "Will probably get too fancy for his own good" line:
OK they probably won't at the Olympics, but I hope they do.
The "Dear God, I'm not going out there" line:
Iginla-Getzlaf-Richards -backed up by- Phaneuf-Pronger (or Weber)
All of these guys have a mean side that I don't personally want to be introduced to first hand. Though Richards isn't big in stature, he is as gritty as they come. And if he is on the ice with these other guys, you'd let him do what he wants too.