Team Alberta: Part Two of Eight

Posted by David Minuk in 2010 Olympics,Columns on July 23, 2009 — 5 Comments

Looking at team Alberta, the first thing I noticed, was depth at defence.  When you have to bump Mike Green down to 3rd pairing, you know you’ve got depth.

Coach- Ken Hitchcock

Goaltenders:

1. Chris Osgood

2. Chris Mason

3. Alex Auld

Defence:

1. Scott Niedermayer

2. Dion Phaneuf

3. Brad Stuart

4. Jay Bouwmeester

5. Mike Green

6. Derek Morris

7. Sheldon Souray

Left off list:  Darryl Sydor, Chris Phillips, Brent Sopel.

Forwards:

1. Jarome Iginla

2. Ray Whitney

3. Ryan Smyth

4. Shane Doan

5. Daymond Langkow

6. Joffrey Lupul

7. Dean McAmmond

8. Mike Comrie

9. Trent Hunter

10. Kyle Calder

11. Steve Reinprecht

12. Jason Chimera

13. Fernando Pisani

Left off list:  Scottie Upshall, Devin Setoguchi, Rene Bourque, Darcy Tucker

Line Combos:

I have my man from the D, Chris Osgood, and all his Stanley Cups as my starter.

My defensive pairings are as follows:

Bouwmeester-Phaneuf

Niedermayer-Stuart

Green-Souray

This is just an all-star list of defenceman.  Only problem is they are all mostly left handed shots.  Some would probably put Green on the 2nd unit over Stuart, but since this is my list, and after watching many, many Wings games, I’m putting “my boy” Stuart on the 2nd unit.  And seriously, anyone who can hit like this or this deserves respect.

Up front, I have brought along Fernando Pisani as my insurance, and my lines are as follows:

Whitney-Langkow-Iginla

Smyth-McAmmond-Doan

Calder-Comrie-Lupul

Chimera-Reinprecht-Hunter

Line 1:  Seems like a no-brainer to keep Jerome with his current center Daymond Langkow.  Whitney would be there to pop in any rebounds.

Line 2:  Does anyone think you’d have a harder working line then with Smyth, McAmmond and Doan?  I don’t think so.  Responsible at both ends of the ice.

Line 3:  The guy with the largest palindrome last name in Flyers history can put some pucks in the net while the rest of the line plugs away.

Line 4:  Hunter is one of the best (the best Jerry, the best) penalty killers on the Islanders with a big physical presence.  Decent shut down line who could pop in an occassional goal.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    For the record we were going with players who were born in Alberta. So despite the fact that Scott Niedermayer was brought up in Cranbrook, B.C. he was born in Edmonton. And it was also mentioned that I left Dany Heatley off the list. Even though he was brought up in Calgary I’ve left him off the list due to his being born in Germany. (sorry no John McCain exemption rule allowed). Plus who in Alberta really wants him on their team anyways.

  • bladesofsteel

    Why not go with Rene Bourque? Go for the all Flames line?

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    I believe Mike Keenan used that line combo last year a few times and I honestly considered going with it as well.

    In retrospect I think I should have included Heatley (if only to give Team Alberta some more teeth on left wing).

  • BrandonMartin

    Glad you included Hunter on your list. He is a really solid player. Could possibly even be 3RD line.

  • Calihockey

    Ken Hitchcock could die a happy man with that defence.