Re: Does Bergie Make Team Canada
posted at 11/14/2013 8:04 AM EST
Ask Steve Yzerman about what Team Canda can and can't do with young guys putting up whackjob point totals.
'Course, that might work in Duchene's favour given Yzerman's on the other side of that decision now.
Benn may list as a centre, but he's been a winger most of his career. If they can't keep him off the team (and I don't know about that), I don't think it will be at Bergeron's expense. By scoring more than playmaking, Duchene might also be making a case for the wing rather than the dot. Down the middle, you have to assume that Crosby and Toews are locks at C with Getzlaf and Tavares on the team but possibly moving to the wing (assuming both are healthy). Tavares has the worst FO% of the top Canadian centres. Couture has fewer points than Duchene as of now, but may have a longer record of consistent impact. Giroux gets thrown in here, but he's a RW.
So, yeah, there's an argument to be made that Bergeron has been outplayed by other candidates, but Team Canada, as a program, is always talking about finding the balance between the best players and the best team. Heard Pat Quinn talk about that a while back and his Olympic year as coach, they got away from that philosophy a bit and that cost them.
All of that to say it will be a team-building decision, not a paper exercise by TSN talking heads. My guess is he might nominally be the 5th C, but he'll play most of the games, take a lot of draws, and yeah, maybe work in with Crosby and try to recreate the 2005 magic. In this, Claude being on the bench may help his cause.
If you had to put money down, put money that he goes.