The title says it all. This article will be no more than a comprehensive list of NHL (and some other players owned by NHL teams) players set to participate in the 2010 Winter Olympics.
As the announcement was made on NHLNetwork in the States and TSN in Canada, NHL Hot Stove was on board and prepared to drop the news to
you directly after the announcement.
The selection, in order as it was announced:
Bob Mickelson: “This is a day every Canadian has been waiting for” and those words have never been more true.
Mike Chambers: “…a first ever Olympic Mens Ice Hockey win at home, on home ice.”
Steve Yzerman: (huge ovation) “….like all Canadians we are very excited to be here. For all hockey fans, it’s a great day.” “This has
been an enjoyable process, but, a difficult one.” “Every player on this roster was put on after great debate.” “We feel we have a team
that will make Canadians proud…….and compete for a Gold medal which all Canadians know that we can achieve.”
Martin Brodeur (Montreal, Quebec)
Marc Andre Fleury (Sorel, Quebec)
Roberto Luongo (Montreal, Quebec)
Matthew Pouliot’s series on Circling the Bases, I have decided restore the rosters for every NHL team. Like Pouliot, I have established some ground rules for my selections.
- Each team contains players they originally drafted or signed before any other NHL team. This includes players drafted and not signed, as well as European free agents coming over at an older age.
- I have chosen to leave retired players off the list, and lean toward players in the AHL rather than those deported (KHL, SEL, DEL, etc.).
Essentially I am choosing the best available players for a team to succeed in the current NHL season. All 30 teams will be covered, with grades assigned to forwards, defense and goaltending. After all 30 articles are written, they will be ranked in order. This series’ intent is to reward or shame NHL scouts.
Due to excellent drafting over the last couple of years, the Blackhawks have restocked the cupboard nicely. The core established on their current roster is mostly homegrown with players with free agent signings filling out a few spots. Both their forwards and defensive units feature high end talent as well as solid depth.
The lineup for the Chicago Blackhawks is as follows.
In this section, I break down the top three fantasy hockey performers every night and cite why I chose them in particular. In addition, I will track the amount of times the players have received this honor and tally them at the end of the season. For the sake of clarity, I will be using Yahoo! standard categories (Forwards – G,A,+/-, PP, PIM, SOG; Goalies – W, GAA, SV%, SHO)
THIRD STAR: Troy Brouwer, Chicago Blackhawks (0-0-1) -We mentioned Brouwer in our most recent Keeper Watch so showing up here is not a big surprise. One game removed from a four game point streak, the 24-year-old scored a goal and added an assist. The former 7th round pick took one shot, added two penalty minutes and finished the game a plus three. Brouwer continues to improve on a strong Blackhawks team that looks like the real deal.
SECOND STAR: Wayne Simmonds, Los Angeles Kings (0-1-0) – The 21-year-old also continues to improve for the young Kings. Simmonds posted a goal and an assist, leading his team to a 3-1 victory over the Oilers. The former 2nd round pick added four penalty minutes, five shots on goal and a plus one to his line for the night giving him our second star.