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NYR Representation At The Olympics: Team Canada

May 16, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; New York Rangers left wing Rick Nash (61) takes a shot on goal during the first period in game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Boston Bruins at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Greg M. Cooper-USA TODAY Sports

If you missed it yesterday, be sure to check out my first post in the series of New York Rangers who could take part in the Olympics this year.

Now though, let’s get down to business.

Rick Nash- The big power forward has to be a lock for this year’s Olympics on Canada’s left wing. Also helping his case is the great performance he put up in the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Some people however are beginning to maybe doubt Nash with all this young talent coming in, but I’m very confident with the arrival of Alain Vigneault, Nash should regain his best form. The one thing Vigneault knows how to do is get the most out of his best players.

Marc Staal- Now maybe with the bigger ice surface Team Canada would be a bit hesitant to select Staal, but I still think if he’s 100% injury free and playing his best he should make the team. When he’s at his best he’s one of the best shut down defenders in the game. Even Alexander Ovechkin called him the toughest defenseman in the league to play against not too long ago. If Staal hits the ground running this season I don’t think Mike Babcock would have a problem with him on defense.

The Outsiders- Dan Girardi, Michael Del Zotto, Derrick Brassard, Brad Richards

Obviously there are more outsiders for Team Canada on the Rangers it’s just I think these are the players even worth mentioning. I think these guys are all good players, it’s just there are probably 5-10 people in the league who do the same job better than all of them.

As good a defender as Girardi is, he doesn’t have all the abilities a defenseman must possess to make Team Canada. Even if Del Zotto was the best power play quarterback in the league I still think he wouldn’t make the team. And I like both players that’s just the way it is.

In the case of Brad Richards, even when he was playing at his highest level back in 2010, he still missed out on making the team. Which would tell you right now him and Brassard don’t really have a prayer to make it. Team Canada is stacked at center with Crosby, Giroux, Toews, Tavares, Stamkos… Ok I’ll just stop naming players because all those players I just mentioned are better than Team USA’s centers by a country mile.

Tune in tomorrow for when I cover Team Sweden.

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Topics: Marc Staal, Rick Nash

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