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Marc-Edouard Vlasic making strong case for Canada's Olympic team

Chris Stewart (left) of the St. Louis Blues takes a shot as  Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose...

Chris Stewart (left) of the St. Louis Blues takes a shot as Marc-Edouard Vlasic of the San Jose Sharks defends during NHL play at the Scottrade Center October 15, 2013 in St. Louis. (Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images/AFP)

CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:30 PM ET

You never know when a player is going to have a chance to learn something from a Hall of Famer like Larry Robinson.

“Just the other day he was telling me how to shoot. I’ve been shooting for 26 years and he tells me my hand is too low,” said San Jose Sharks defenceman Marc-Edouard Vlasic. “I’ve spent my whole life shooting wrong. It’s little details like that that can improve your game.”

If Robinson, who joined the Sharks as associate coach in the summer of 2012, can get Vlasic’s shooting straightened out, then the Montreal native is going to have a good shot at making Canada’s Olympic hockey team in Sochi.

With his strong start to the season, Vlasic, who was one of the 17 defencemen invited to Canada’s orientation ball hockey tournament in August, has already worked himself into the conversation for a spot on Canada’s left side.

“That’s good. It means my game is stepping up and it’s going in the right direction,” said Vlasic of the Olympic talk.


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