Tim Wharnsby Analysis

Here's what Canada's Olympic men's hockey team could look like

Roster spots up for grabs with 100 days left before Games

Tim Wharnsby - CBC Sports

November 01, 2017

Ben Scrivens, who has spent time with three Canadian-based NHL teams, looks like the best bet to be Canada's top goalie at the 2018 Winter Olympics. (Jacques Boissinot/Canadian Press)

With 100 days left before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, there are still plenty of games for Canadian Olympic men's hockey team general manager Sean Burke and his staff to watch, and plenty of questions to be answered.

For instance, how will the injured Max Talbot perform when he returns to action after missing nine games with Yaroslavl Lokomotiv in the KHL? And can skilled centre Justin Azevedo come back in time after undergoing lower-body surgery? He's back in Canada recovering after a brilliant start that saw the former OHL scoring champion score 12 times in AK-Bars Kazan's first 19 games.

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For now, let's assume those two players don't make the team. But if they return from their ailments to the same form they exhibited before they were hurt, they likely will usurp someone for a roster spot.

With that in mind, and with the Canadian team about to embark on a couple of key tournaments in Finland and Russia over the next two months to audition players, here's our projected roster for the 2018 Winter Games: 

Goalies

Drew MacIntyre

Justin Peters

Ben Scrivens

With 700 NHL games under his belt, Kevin Klein could be the most experienced defenceman on Canada's roster. (Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

Defence

Jesse Blacker

Simon Despres

Chay Genoway

Geoff Kinrade

Kevin Klein

Chris Lee

Maxim Noreau

Mat Robinson

Rene Bourque was a key figure in Montreal's run to the 2014 Eastern Conference final. (Francois Laplante/FreestylePhoto/Getty Images)

Forwards

Rene Bourque

Gilbert Brule

Andrew Ebbett

Matt Ellison

Matt Frattin

Rob Klinkhammer

Derek Roy spent the bulk of his 787 NHL games with Buffalo. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Brandon Kozun

Eric O'Dell

Mason Raymond

Derek Roy

Greg Scott

Paul Szczechura

Linden Vey

Wojtek Wolski

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim Wharnsby

Tim has covered the hockey landscape and other sports in Canada for more than 25 years for CBC Sports, the Globe and Mail and Toronto Sun. He has been to three Winter Olympics, 11 Stanley Cups, a world championship as well as 17 world junior championships, 13 Memorial Cups and 13 University Cups. The native of Waterloo, Ont. always has his eye out for an underdog story.