Hockey Canada has about a year to decide on what its roster might look like for the 2010 Olympic Games in Vancouver. Here are the early picks of this ink-stained wretch:
Marty Brodeur (Devils): All-time great.
Roberto Luongo (Canucks): Playing on home ice.
Carey Price (Canadiens): The future is now.
Dion Phaneuf (Flames): Hammers pucks and opponents.
Chris Pronger (Ducks): Intimidating presence.
Mike Green (Capitals): No fluke.
Scott Niedermayer (Ducks): Will he still have the urge to play?
Shea Weber (Predators): Flies under radar in Nashville.
Brian Campbell (Blackhawks): Skates as smooth as Coffey.
Dan Boyle (Sharks): Underrated for a long time.
Sidney Crosby (Penguins): Duh!!!!
Jarome Iginla (Flames): Our choice for captain.
Eric Staal (Hurricanes): Coming into his own.
Vinny Lecavalier (Lightning): Can be dominating.
Joe Thornton (Sharks): Jumbo Joe needs huge showing.
Mike Richards (Flyers): Among best two-way players in game.
Dany Heatley (Senators): Must improve on Turin stinker.
Rick Nash (Blue Jackets): One man wrecking crew.
Martin St. Louis (Lightning): Speed, speed, speed.
Ryan Getzlaf (Ducks): Mired in early-season slump.
Shane Doan (Coyotes): Gives all on every shift.
Brendan Morrow (Stars): Extremely tough to play against.
Jason Spezza (Senators): Good 1-2 punch with teammate Heatley.
Reserves: D Jay Bouwmeester (Panthers); F Jonathan Toews (Blackhawks); F Patrice Bergeron (Bruins).
Head coach: Mike Babcock (Red Wings).
Assistants: Ken Hitchcock (Blue Jackets); Lindy Ruff (Sabres); Tom Renney (Rangers).