Team British Columbia: Part One of Eight

Posted by Kyle Kosior in 2010 Olympics,Columns on July 22, 2009 — 4 Comments

To kick off our Provincial (and State) Olympic team series, we give you Team British Columbia. I was slightly surprised at the lack of forward depth from Canada’s left coast, but the team should be solid defensively. If you have any additions or if you think I am way off, lets hear it in the comments.

Coach- Tom Renney

Goaltenders:

1. Carey Price

2. Jason Labarbera

3. Wade Dubliewicz

Defence:

1. Shea Weber

2. Dan Hamhuis

3. Brent Seabrook

4. Eric Brewer

5. Willie Mitchell

6. Barret Jackman

7. Greg Zanon

Forwards:

1. Shawn Horcoff

2. Paul Kariya

3. Andrew Ladd

4. Rob Niedermayer

5. Milan Lucic

6. Mark Recchi

7. Kyle Turris

8. Chuck Kobasew

9. Colton Gillies

10. Brett McLean

11. Troy Brouwer

12. Ryan Craig

13. Brendan Morrison

I have Carey Price as my starter, albeit with a short lease. My defensive pairings are as follows:

Weber-Hamhuis

Seabrook-Brewer

Jackman-Mitchell

This set up gives three pretty solid pairings, with some puck moving potential and a pure shut down pair at the bottom.  The top 4 are all able to play on the powerplay, with Weber perhaps double shifting in place of Brewer while Jackman and Mitchell handle the bulk of the penalty killing time.

Up front, I have brought along Brendan Morrison for insurance, and my lines are as follows:

Kariya-Horcoff-Lucic

Ladd-Turris-Recchi

Gillies-Niedermayer-Craig

Kobasew-McLean-Brouwer

The first line is a tough minutes line, which might not set the world on fire, but it won’t hurt you either. Line 2 is for soft minutes against the other team’s defensive liabilities. The third line is the de facto checking line, while line 4 is a mix of what is left over and can chip in offensively. I left Morrison out of the starters because he has lost a step, but could adequately step into any of the four lines in the event of an injury.