Earlier this week Team USA announced their roster for the Olympics. There were several glaring omissions: Bobby Ryan, Ben Bishop, Kyle Okposo, and Brandon Saad. After the Team USA blunders earlier this week, this started to make me wonder. Could Team Canada make a similar mistake?
Could Team Canada leave Patrick Sharp off the roster? The answer SHOULD be no! Sharp is arguably playing the best hockey of his career and his been a driving force behind the Blackhawks success this season. Sharp is building off a great run in the Blackhawks Stanley Cup run last season. Sharp despite missing 20 regular season games, he excelled in the playoffs. He scored a playoff high 10 goals and recorded 6 assists.
After a short offseason, Sharp came into the Blackhawks training camp in the best shape of his career. He scored better than fitness freak and fellow countryman Duncan Keith their conditioning tests.
After getting off to slow start, Sharp has totaled 25 goals and 20 assists for 45 points this season. He is currently a +22 rating. Sharp’s numbers are better than his Blackhawks teammate and fellow countryman Jonathan Toews ( 15 goals 28 assists). He also has scored more goals than the Great Sidney Crosby (23 goals). Last night, SHOULD have sealed Sharp’s spot on the Team Canada Roster. Sharp recorded his second hat trick in FIVE days. His first hat trick came in a route of the Colorado Avalanche.
That’s right Steve Yzerman and Mike Babcock, Patrick Sharp should be on Team Canada. There should be no doubts in anyone’s minds. Let’s hope the brain trust for Team Canada feels the same way I do. Team Canada announces their roster on Tuesday January 7th.
Show your support for Sharp, use the hashtag #SharpforTeamCanada
For all your Blackhawks news and original articles please follow us on twitter @Blackhawk_up. You can also like us on Facebook.