There are not a lack of top Canadian defenders who could wear the red and white jersey come September. Here are my choices for the 7 Canadian defensemen to patrol the blue line at the World Cup of Hockey.
Team Canada Defense
1. Duncan Keith (@DuncanKeith) – Chicago Blackhawks
A great skater who plays a complete game. Keith is a three time Stanley Cup champion. He received the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2015 as the NHL playoff MVP. A recipient of the James Norris Trophy as the league’s best defenseman, twice. A member of two Team Canada Olympic gold medal winning teams.
2. Shea Weber – Nashville Predators
A two time Olympic gold medal winner. Weber has one of the hardest shots in the NHL and twice has scored an impressive 23 goals in one season. He can play physical, score and shut down the other team’s top players. A captain and a leader.
3. Brent Burns (@burnzie88) – San Jose Sharks
This 6 foot 5 inch beast on the blue line is a great skater. Burns won World Championship gold with Team Canada in 2015 and was named the tournament’s best defenseman. He was also named the tournament’s best defenseman in 2008. Currently Burns has 17 points in 21 games this season for the Sharks.
4. Brent Seabrook – Chicago Blackhawks
A three time Stanley Cup Champion and gold medal winner at the World Junior’s. Seabrook was a member of the gold medal winning team in 2010 at the Olympics. Familiar with Duncan Keith and potential defense partners at the 2016 World Cup.
5. Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings
A member of two Stanley Cup winning teams and an Olympic gold medal winner in 2010 and 2014. Doughty was named to the 2014 Olympic all-star team where he had 6 points in 6 games. He also captured gold with the World Jr. squad in 2008.
6. P.K. Subban (@PKSubban1) – Montreal Canadiens
One of the best offensive defensemen today. Subban won the James Norris trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman in 2013. A member of Canada’s Olympic gold medal winning team in 2014. He won two World Jr. Championships in 2008 and 2009. PK currently has 19 points in 22 games this season.
7. TJ Brodie – Calgary Flames
As a 25 year old, Brodie is a solid NHL defender with a huge upside. He represented Canada at the 2013 World Championships. He blocks shots, plays physical, contributes points, can play in all situations and wants to win. During the 2014-2015 season Brodie contributed 41 points from the blue line for the Flames helping them reach the playoffs.
…in my next blog I will look at Team Canada’s forwards.
Information and statistics retrieved from: http://www.nhl.com
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