Jan 5, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Blackhawks centerJonathan Toews
(19) looks to pass to right wingMarian Hossa
(81) against the San Jose Sharks during the first period at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports
After twenty minutes of Team Canada’s “press conference”, we finally learned the last NHL players selected for their respective countries. After the Olympic teams announcements there were some notable snubs: Ben Bishop (USA), Kyle Okposo (USA), Claude Giroux (Canada), Martin St. Louis (Canada), Sergei Gonchar (Russia), and Alexander Semin (Russia). Those were JUST a few snubs of the Olympic Snubs.
The Blackhawks had ten players selected by their respective countries: Patrick Kane (USA), Michal Rozsival (Czech Republic), Johnny Oduya (Sweden), Niklas Hjalmarsson (Sweden), Marcus Kruger (Sweden), Marian Hossa (Slovakia), Michal Handzus (Slovakia), Patrick Sharp (Canada), Duncan Keith (Canada) and Jonathan Toews (Canada).
The Blackhawks are special because they had ten players selected between their respective countries. The scary thing is that the Blackhawks could have MORE players selected. Several Blackhawks players were snubbed in my mind. Those players were Brandon Saad (USA), Corey Crawford (Canada), and Brent Seabrook. No disrespect to Nick Leddy, but he did not have a legitimate chance to make team USA.
Now the question who was the biggest Blackhawks Snub?
My choice would be Brent Seabrook. Seabrook was a member of the 2010 Gold Medal Winning team. Seabrook is having one of his best seasons. Seabrook has 5 goals and 26 assists on the season. He is a +22 on the season. With the Olympic Teams having so little time to practice; player chemistry should be important. Keith and Seabrook would have that chemistry as line-mates. In 2010 when Seabrook made Team Canada, his numbers for the SEASON were 4 goals and 26 assists for a + 26. He is already having a better season statistically this year than he DID in 2010. Seabrook also has the intangible ability to come up with clutch goals in clutch situations, just ask the Red Wings and the Boston Bruins. Do people think those are qualities a player will need on the biggest stage? Team Canada could have used a player like Seabrook on their roster. By the way Steve Yzerman , did you forget Seabrook has two Stanley Cup Rings.
If Hockey Canada had done more research instead of giving us the Oral History of the French and Indian War (just kidding) maybe Seabrook would have made Team Canada.
Well that was my thoughts on the matter. So I pose the question to you:
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