The Picks

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 2:28 PM ET

GM Wayne Gretzky will announce Team Canada on Wednesday in Vancouver.

Gretzky and his staff -- including Steve Tambellini, Kevin Lowe, Marc Habscheid, Pat Quinn, Jacques Martin, Ken Hitchcock and Wayne Fleming -- have been scouting Canada's best for the last four months and meeting on a regular basis.

We here at the Sun did some scouting of our own to come up with a 23-man roster. We enlisted the help of Sun hockey columnist Al Strachan, Sportsnet's Darren Dreger and Nick Kypreos, TSN's Bob McKenzie and Pierre McGuire and broadcaster Darren Pang to decide who will wear the Maple Leaf.

Here's our team:

Martin Brodeur, New Jersey: He helped Canada win a gold medal at the Salt Lake City Games in 2002 and deserves the chance again. Hasn't sparkled this season, but could be strong in a short tournament.

Roberto Luongo, Florida: Has struggled, but has done his share for the country. Playing behind Team Canada's defence would be a lot different than guarding the Panthers net.

Marty Turco, Dallas: This was a close one. Turco may not have any experience with Team Canada, but it's time to give him some. He could be a guy who will be counted on in 2010.

We passed on: Ed Belfour, Toronto; Curtis Joseph, Phoenix; and Jose Theodore, Montreal.

Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim:

Doesn't get the notoriety he had when he played in New Jersey, but he's still one of the NHL's best blueliners. Will anchor the defence.

Rob Blake, Colorado: Hasn't had the kind of year he hoped for, but that could have a lot of to do with the Avalanche. Will get another shot at gold.

Chris Pronger, Edmonton: A sentimental choice. Hasn't played that well this season, but could be helpful in a short tournament.

Adam Foote, Columbus: Another guy who hasn't had the kind of season or impact anybody expected with the Jackets. Will need to step up in Italy.

Ed Jovanovski, Vancouver: Can provide good physical play and won't give anybody a free pass to the net.

Wade Redden, Ottawa: He won't be denied a spot on Team Canada this time as injuries kept him out of the World Cup. Excellent at moving the puck.

Robyn Regehr, Calgary: Deserves a shot and has played well for the Flames. He could be a spectator, though.

We passed on: Dion Phaneuf, Calgary; Bryan McCabe, Toronto and Chris Phillips, Ottawa.

Joe Sakic, Colorado: Will carry a big load of the leadership.

Simon Gagne, Philadelaphia:

Unless he's injured, how can you not take him? He is having an outstanding season and has had success internationally.

Jarome Iginla, Calgary: One day this guy will be Mr. Canada. He is going to carry the torch for this country for a long time.

Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay: Was the MVP of the World Cup and is coming off a Stanley Cup win. Has shown he can take his game to another level.

Brad Richards, Tampa Bay: Hasn't gotten a whole lot of notice this season, but has played a big role in the past. Might be a guy who doesn't get enough credit.

Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay: Struggled to start the season, but if you're going to take Lecavalier and Richards, then you've probably got to have this guy.

Dany Heatley, Ottawa: There were questions at the start of the year, but he answered any doubts. An MVP at the world championships, he'll be a key.

Jason Spezza, Ottawa: Has chemistry with Heatley and the departure of Mario Lemieux means they need a player who has flare offensively. He can bring it.

Shane Doan, Phoenix: People may question this. But he has grit and a guy named Gretzky in his corner.

Joe Thornton, San Jose: He should thank his lucky stars he got a new lease on life with the Sharks. The move may have helped secure his spot.

Kris Draper, Detroit: You need to have a guy who is willing to play a fourth-line role and chip in with the odd goal. Was a valuable asset at World Cup.

Todd Bertuzzi, Vancouver: For some reason, Gretzky wants this guy on the team. He hasn't played well, but another guy who could be take his game up a couple of notches at the Olympics.

Rick Nash, Columbus: You only take him if he's healthy, which he hasn't been all year. This is a huge risk, but he has shown an ability to put the puck in the net.

We passed on: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh; Eric Staal, Carolina and Patrick Marleau, San Jose.


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