Breaking down Canada's Olympic camp invitees
46 top NHL stars are in Calgary this week, but they're all focused on making the trip to Vancouver next year.
CBCSports.ca breaks down Team Canada's Olympic men's hockey orientation camp roster:
- Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils — Incumbent starter played only 31 games last season due to elbow injury, turned 37 in May.
- Marc-André Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins — Made one of the all-time great clutch saves to deliver the Cup to Pittsburgh.
- Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks — Nine shutouts in 54 games last season; unfairly ripped for Canucks' playoff loss to Chicago.
- Steve Mason, Columbus Blue Jackets — Rookie of the year led league with 10 shutouts despite being below drinking age in Ohio.
- Cam Ward, Carolina Hurricanes — Former Conn Smyth winner's big-game reputation grew when he backstopped Carolina into conference finals, shrank when Penguins lit him up.
- François Beauchemin, Toronto Maple Leafs — Bruiser with a booming shot, but will he be healthy come February?
- Jay Bouwmeester, Calgary Flames — As good as it gets when it comes to durability and workload.
- Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks — At 33, enjoyed a renaissance season as top d-man for Presidents' Trophy winners.
- Brent Burns, Minnesota Wild — Youngster has great size, but his game isn't yet Olympic-calibre.
Chat with HNIC's Jeff Marek live from Canada's Olympic camp
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- Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings — No. 2 overall pick in 2008 showed flashes of brilliance as a rookie, but still a work in progress.
- Mike Green, Washington Capitals — World's most dangerous scoring defenceman.
- Dan Hamhuis, Nashville Predators — Not enough offensive ability to crack this lineup.
- Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks — Plus-minus leader is underrated backbone of exciting young 'Hawks team.
- Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks — Might be retired if not for the Olympics, but greybeard can still skate and score.
- Dion Phaneuf, Calgary Flames — Had an off season, but still one of the game's best two-way threats and a feared bodychecker.
- Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers — Playing in Philly will only make him nastier.
- Robyn Regehr, Calgary Flames — Ultra-defensive minded (0 goals in 75 games last season), may not be rounded enough to make the cut.
- Stephane Robidas, Dallas Stars — Solid vet with almost no chance of making the team.
- Brent Seabrook, Chicago Blackhawks — Surpassed Brian Campbell as the No. 2 d-man in Chicago last season.
- Marc Staal, New York Rangers — Just getting his feet wet for future Olympics.
- Shea Weber, Nashville Predators — One of only three blue-liners to crack 20-goal barrier in 2008-09.
- Jeff Carter, Philadelphia Flyers — Wasn't on the radar a year ago, but scoring 46 goals (second-most in NHL) will do that.
- Dan Cleary, Detroit Red Wings — Takes Kris Draper's spot as "best available defensive forward from Wings."
- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins — Best player from Canada — maybe the world.
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- Shane Doan, Phoenix Coyotes — At least 27 goals for five years running; gotta love a guy who's loyal to the Coyotes.
- Simon Gagné, Philadelphia Flyers — Thirty-four goals says he's recovered from concussion problems that cost him most of 2007-08.
- Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim Ducks — Terrific blend of size (6-3, 213) and skill (91 points); fewer penalties would be nice.
- Dany Heatley, Ottawa Senators — Still a threat to score 50, but off-season trade demand was a turn-off.
- Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames — Skilled, smart, tough, respected. Everything you'd want in a captain.
- Vincent Lecavalier, Tampa Bay Lightning — Dipped to 29 goals last season, but shoulder surgery may have sapped his strength.
- Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins — Mammoth size and decent hands, but why was he picked over teammate Marc Savard?
- Patrick Marleau, San Jose Sharks — Thirty-eight goal scorer has something to prove after getting stripped of Sharks' captaincy.
- Andy McDonald, St. Louis Blues — Perhaps the most surprising invitee; a long-shot to make the team.
- Brenden Morrow, Dallas Stars — Hard-nosed captain a force in front of the net; should bounce back fine from November knee surgery.
- Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets — Big winger notched two 40-goals seasons before turning 25.
- Corey Perry, Anaheim Ducks — Talented and nasty, would form a fearsome forward tandem with Ducks teammate Getzlaf.
- Mike Richards, Philadelphia Flyers — Plenty of smart people say he's the best two-way player in hockey.
- Derek Roy, Buffalo Sabres — Slick playmaker getting more disciplined with age.
- Patrick Sharp, Chicago Blackhawks — Solid finisher, though not much of a playmaker.
- Ryan Smyth, Los Angeles Kings — Commendable service to Team Canada over the years, but that shouldn't determine selection.
- Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators — Last-minute camp replacement for Getzlaf, who's recovering from surgery.
- Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes — Unconscionably left off 2006 team in midst of a 100-point season.
- Jordan Staal, Pittsburgh Penguins — Dangerous short-handed player, but lots of centremen to compete with.
- Martin St. Louis, Tampa Bay Lightning — Little big man still a point-a-game player.
- Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks — Three-time NHL assists champion makes everyone around him better
- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks — Fifty-eight NHL goals before he turned 21.