Four players have been added to the team Canada roster for the upcoming World Championships. The additions are Brooks Laich, Tyler Myers, Michael Del Zotto and.. the Greatest-Hockey-Player-To-Ever-Live, an Oiler-For-Life, Captain
Cliche Canada himself, Ryan Smyth POTULNY Smyth. MacTavish and Smyth re-united, back together for one last romp before they can finally go their separate ways for good. This whole tourney is going to be like cheering for (a much better version of) the Oilers circa 2003 and I for one couldn't be happier.
The (very distant) second biggest addition to the team is Tyler Myers who should be the unanimous choice for the Calder Trophy this season. It's easy to look at Myers box-cars and be impressed. In the regular season he scored 11 goals and 37 assists for 48 points which placed him second in rookie scoring and 11th overall in scoring by defenders. His 31 even-strength points is the third best total for a defender in the entire league. And he can play defense (which makes him a better Norris candidate than Mike Green). In all three quality of competition measures we see Tyler Myers at the top of the list with partner Henrik Tallinder. His zone-start? One of the toughest on the team with a -19 differential ( 367 OZ and 386 DZ). And all he did was post a sterling +9 goal differential 5-on-5. At 20 years old, he's one of the youngest defenders on the team. He's also the very best. (Wouldn't it be great if we had an opportunity to draft a player like that... Oh well, maybe Buffalo would trade him to us for Dustin Penner... Dammit).
At any rate, the official roster is now at 19 players plus Jordan Eberle. Maybe Shawn Horcoff will be willing to play with his old friend Ryan Smyth. I would love a Smyth-Horcoff-Eberle line. Make it happen. Anyway, here are all 19 guys (age in brackets):
LW Rene Bourque (28) - Calgary Flames
LW Evander Kane (18) - Atlanta Thrashers
LW Steve Ott (27) - Dallas Stars
LW Ray Whitney (37) - UFA (Carolina Hurricanes)
LW Ryan Smyth (33) - Los Angeles Kings
LW Brooks Laich (26) - Washington Capitals
LD Francois Beauchemin (29) - Toronto Maple Leafs
LD Mark Giordano (26) - Calgary Flames
LD Kris Russell (22) - Columbus Blue Jackets
LD Marc Staal (23) - New York Rangers
LD Michael Del Zotto (19) - New York Rangers