Players on the bubble

Who will play for Team Canada

By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI AGENCY



This is QMI Agency's weekly look at the contenders for positions on the men's Canadian Olympic team in Vancouver in 2010; who’s coming on strong, who’s fading, who should be in and who should be out come February.

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D Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars: The 32-year-old from Sherbrooke, Que. was invited to the Team Canada Olympic orientation camp in August and has managed to keep his name in the mix during the regular season. He is tied for the league lead among defencemen with nine goals and is tied for the NHL lead in hits, with 126.

D Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks: Part of the ’Hawks outstanding blueline corps, the right-shooter is just a big, steady defenceman who can skate and move the puck. He’s among the league leaders in plus-minus and clocks about 24 minutes a night for the ’Hawks. Interesting fact – two of his three goals are game winners.

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C Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes: He is one of those players whose team circumstances haven’t helped his chances. The ’Canes have not been good this year and that tends to reflect on the club’s key players. As of Tuesday, he ranked 136th in scoring and will be hard-pressed to hit the 30-goal plateau for the fourth year in a row.

D Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks: The veteran has struggled at even strength this year (minus-11 on the season, 757th in the league). But, even at 36 years old, he can still be a workhorse. He is averaging more than 26 minutes of ice time a game. The veteran missed the last Olympics and with these games close to home, he’ll be motivated.

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