NHL Awards: Who Will Take Home The Frank J. Selke Award?

The NHL Awards are just around the corner, so let’s take a look at the Frank J. Selke Award for the league’s best defensive forward.

The Nominees

Patrice Bergeron– C, BOS

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A player that is synonymous with this award, Bergeron is making his 8th consecutive appearance as a finalist. He has cemented his Hall of Fame candidacy with this award alone. He has a career faceoff percentage of 58.3 in the regular season and a career 57.6 Fenwick with a 6.8 Fenwick For. Those career lines are unfathomable in the parody driven NHL of today’s game. He finished the season with 4 Shorthanded goals.

Ryan O’Reilly– C, STL

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O’Reilly had over 1000 faceoff wins and 121 wins in shorthanded situations, both of which led the league. More impressively is the 56.9 FO%. His 94 takeaways ranked 4th among all skaters. This is O’Reilly’s first Selke nomination.

I am not one to toot my own horn but check out the clip below to see my preseason award predictions. (Timestamp 1:20:10)

Mark Stone– RW, OTT/ VGK

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It is a unique situation when a player gets traded midseason and be a finalist for an annual award. But Stone has legitimate claim to the Selke this season. While the depth of Vegas lightened the load on Stone, he carried the game in Ottawa, to the tune of 10.6 E+/-. That is an amazing statistic considering how bad Ottawa was.  However, it is just hard to supplant a Center for this award.

The Snub

It is hard to be overlooked for anything when you have spent 15 years being the consensus best player in the NHL, but Sidney Crosby is constantly overlooked for his defensive play. Crosby averaged 21 minutes a night, while playing in all 3 facets of the game. He has adapted to the changes of the game, while maintaining dominance at the highest level. He had a 55.4 FO%, which was his highest total since 2011. He played more on the Penalty Kill than he has in a very long time. His expected +/- was a whopping 18.5. For a guy that has been on top of the hockey world for so long to never be nominated as a Selke Finalist is a bit of a disservice.

Prediction

I think this year’s winner will be determined by reliability, and for that reason, I choose Ryan O’Reilly to win the Selke Trophy. Patrice Bergeron missed 17 games and that will be the deciding factor.

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NHL Mock Draft Part Two: Selections 6-10

Part one is done, which looked at my prediction of the top-five National Hockey League entry draft selections, which means we are going through picks 6-10 for part two!

 

In this part I predict a trade, but other than that it is a straightforward prediction. For a quick refresher, Kappo Kakko went first, Jack Hughes went second, Cole Caufield at third, Alex Turcotte went fourth and Bowen Byram went fifth. 

 

Sixth Overall Pick: Detroit Red Wings trade back!

A trade kicks off part two, and it is a small one, but with a big impact. The Red Wings, I believe, are eyeing a prospect that should be available at 10th overall, owned by the Vancouver Canucks, and so they swap places, with Vancouver also eating Danny DeKeyser’s contract. Canucks fans have always complained about getting screwed over by the draft lottery, and so the team decides it’s time to move up, at the cost of DeKeyser’s hefty contract. Trade is Detroit’s 2019 sixth overall pick to Vancouver in exchange for the 10th overall pick, and Danny DeKeyser. So, here’s the pick:

 

Sixth Overall Pick: Vancouver Canucks select Trevor Zegras, Center/Both Wings, USNTDP

Zegras is like Alex Turcotte and Bowen Byram (who were selected in part one) in which he could arguably be the third overall pick. But with the Caufield selection at three, and Turcotte and Byram ultimately falling, Zegras is left available for the taking. (Why Detroit wouldn’t take him here will be explained when pick 10 rolls around).

For Vancouver, they have been dying to select a versatile, sure-fire future elite forward on draft day for a while. I know what you’re thinking, what about Elias Pettersson, Brock Boeser and Bo Horvat? Pettersson was selected back in 2016, and needed a season before making the jump and, ultimately, becoming their best player. Boeser was everything but a sure-fire deal, being taken at 23rd overall in 2015. Horvat was drafted in 2013, at the tail end of the top 10 (ninth overall) and also wasn’t exactly a sure thing.

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So, it’s been a few years and the Canucks want more, and Zegras is probably the best forward (aside from Pettersson) that they have selected in the draft, and whether he ends up more vital to the team than Horvat and Boeser will be found out within a few years.

Zegras piled up 14 goals and 26 assists (40 points) in 27 games with the USNTDP juniors. The fact that he didn’t play up with Turcotte and Jack Hughes tells me he has about 1-2 years before making the jump to the NHL, but his playmaking ability is outstanding. He proved that when he played for the US National U-18 team for 60 games, where he put up 26 goals and 61 assists (87 points).

Next season, like with Caufield and Turcotte, he is committed to joining an NCAA club, and for him it’s Boston University. BU is well known in the hockey community thanks to Jack Eichel, Charlie McAvoy and Charlie Coyle, just to name a few, so I feel that this is a big step in the right direction for Zegras.

Next Year’s Role: NCAA minutes, likely won’t join the NHL club at any point next season, unless he dominates with BU.

 

Seventh Overall Pick: Buffalo Sabres select Dylan Cozens, Center/Right Wing, Lethbridge Hurricanes, WHL

This is an excellent selection for the Sabres. But then again, if any of the aforementioned players were available here, and the Sabres picked them, it would be excellent. That’s just how strong the top-10 prospects are in this class.

Playing in the WHL last season with Lethbridge, Cozens put up 34 goals and 50 assists (84 points) in 68 games, along with four goals and four assists (eight points) in seven playoff games. Cozens is leading the next wave of power forwards, that is currently led by Mark Stone of the Vegas Golden Knights.

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Cozens is well balanced, with a good shot and good vision. But his defensive abilities, paired with his well-balanced scoring touch, prompted LastWordOnHockey’s Ben Kerr to believe he could be a first line center with a chance at winning the Selke Trophy. That’s big praise from a guy who does several scouting reports on all different players every year. Cozens could make the jump to the NHL off of a strong camp, but the chances are he needs another year or so to advance to the next level. 

Next Year’s Role: WHL time with Lethbridge, likely won’t join the club late in the season, but it is possible.

 

Eighth Overall Pick: Edmonton Oilers select Matthew Boldy, Left Wing, USNTDP


Why Matthew Boldy here? I know it’s a little off the board, and he is not the best player available. But that by no means says that he is not a good player. Boldy has good size (6’2”, 192 pounds), and he had a very good season with the USNTDP Juniors club. He racked up 17 goals and 26 assists (43 points) in 28 games, adding another 33 goals and 48 assists (81 points) in 64 games with the US National U-18 team. He might not be the best skater in the draft by any means, but as fellow Puck77 contributor Tony Ferrari points out, with some adjustment in his stride as well as a better first step and in general acceleration, he could wind up being one of the best players in the draft.

Now, when we head on over to Edmonton’s roster, we see they have a strong center core, both young and experienced (Connor McDavid, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jujhar Khaira in the NHL, Ryan McLeod, Cooper Marody in their pool) as well as a solid bunch of right wingers with promise (Leon Draisaitl, Jesse Puljujarvi in NHL, Kailer Yamamoto, Kirill Maksimov, Ostap Mafin in pool), as well as defenseman (Oscar Klefbom, Darnell Nurse in NHL, Evan Bouchard, Dmitri Samorukov, Ethan Bear in pool).

As for left wings, they have Milan Lucic and Tobias Rieder on the NHL club, and Tyler Benson in their pool. That is a very weak core, relative to their other positions (outside of goaltending), and while some players may go and new players will come in within the time that Boldy will be in the juniors/minors developing, they should still get a headstart in building up that very weak left wing.

Boldy is a safer pick than some guys who may have higher upside, but regardless, he fills a pretty large need the Oilers have. This is not that much of a reach either, it’s just that he was in the shadows of the earlier USNTDP picks and is, in my opinion, overlooked by the general fan. I believe this would be a great selection for Edmonton. He has committed to Boston College (NCAA) next season, where he will not be in anyone’s shadow.

Next Year’s Role: NCAA minutes, no chance he joins the Oilers late in season barring major injuries and/or he dominates in Boston College.

 

9th Overall Pick: Anaheim selects Kirby Dach, Center, Saskatoon Blades, WHL

Dach going to the Ducks is a match made in heaven. We all know the frustrating in-your-face, kind of dirty style of play that the Ducks utilize. While Dach isn’t necessarily dirty, he is a big guy, standing at 6’4, 198 pounds, and can very easily use that frame to fit the bill of a Duck.

The Ducks core is aging, and their prospect pool is very weak. They go best player available at this selection, and it really couldn’t be better for Anaheim. His size isn’t the only thing that is enticing.

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Dach had 25 goals and 48 assists (73 points) in 62 games played with Saskatoon, as well as five goals and three assists (eight points) in 10 postseason games played. He did not play any international games this past season with Canada, which is why he “dropped” to ninth (he ranges anywhere from third to 13th in this class) but he is still an intriguing prospect.

The knock on Dach is three things: 1) His acceleration is not good enough to translate to the NHL at this moment and he needs to really improve in that area to be a successful player at the next level. 2) He tends to keep his head down when skating with the puck, and despite his size, has gotten destroyed by hits on several occasions. 3) Finally, a lot of experts and fellow contributors on the site say that he does not have a very high ceiling (potential), but does have a very good skill set, or in other words, a high floor.

Next Year’s Role: Sticks with Saskatoon in the WHL all season, does not join NHL club at the end of Juniors.

 

10th Overall Pick: Detroit Red Wings (via Vancouver) selects Victor Soderstrom, Right-Handed Defenseman, Brynas IF, SHL

First off, right handed defenseman are a rare breed, and whenever you have a chance to grab one through the draft in the first round (especially at tenth overall), you take that guy.

In Detroit’s case, they had the sixth overall pick, but I would consider it a reach if they took Soderstrom there, because of all the talented forwards. You’re probably thinking, why would Detroit, a rebuilding team, trade back when they had talented forwards to choose from? Because they have young NHL centers in Dylan Larkin and Michael Rasmussen, as well as young NHL wingers in Anthony Mantha, Andreas Athanasiou, and Tyler Bertuzzi. Not to mention, forward prospects in Taro Hirose, Filip Zadina, and Joseph Veleno.

How about young NHL defenseman, that are right handed? Madison Bowey in the NHL, and Filip Hronek as a prospect. Most of their defensive prospects are left handed, including their top D prospects in Jared McIsaac and Dennis Cholowski. So Detroit does not necessarily need forwards, and they do need a right handed defenseman, who happens to be (arguably) the second best D-man in the draft class, while also off-loading a bad contract.

Soderstrom started the season with Brynas IF’s junior team in the U-20 division, where he played 14 games, with one goal and seven assists (eight points). When he made the jump to the SHL, which is Sweden’s version of the NHL, he produced just four goals and three assists (seven points) in 44 games, with a not-so-good -11 +/-. But, the fact that he was constantly relied on and kept at the highest level as an 18-year-old against men says something.

Playing for Sweden at the World Junior Championships, he recorded one assist in four games, which was also underwhelming production. But what makes him arguably the best defenseman available after Byram is taken, is his well-rounded skill set. He is a very good skater, and has an ability to get shots on net through traffic consistently. He is good transitionally, with the IQ to know when to join the rush and attack, and when to stick back.

Despite being 5’11, 182 pounds, he does a good job using his body to win battles in front of the net or in the corners. His floor, offensively, is really low at the moment, but he is playing against men and not kids in his age group, so that sets him back a step. But he has the skating and shooting ability to give him a base in which NHL coaches can build upon once he makes the jump.

As he bulks up, and gets stronger, the more battles he will win along the boards and in front of the net defensively, and playing against men actually boosts his ceiling for his defensive game. If he’s finding success this early with his size in the SHL (and he bulks up), he could be a very reliable defenseman in his own end.

Next Year’s Role: Likely stays in Sweden. I don’t see him coming to North America to play AHL hockey, or CHL hockey. It’s best he stays in Europe one more year against tough competition to build up on his defensive game.

 

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Ottawa Senators: Depth Up The Middle & The Upcoming Draft

Even though the Ottawa Senators found themselves at the bottom of the 2018-19 National Hockey League standings, the prospect depth is quite pleasing.

 

Especially for the young Ottawa Senators center prospects or roster players. It’s easy to point out the weak center depth this past season but Ottawa still boasts a wealth of young talent up the middle. It’s well known that successful Stanley Cup contending teams must possess quality centers.

Where exactly do the Senators stand in this? While the Senators don’t yet possess a true number one center, they do own a bevy of young centers with true top-six upside. That list includes Logan Brown, Colin White, Josh Norris and to a lesser extent Filip Chlapik. White has already established himself as a capable top-six center. However, it’s hard to see him ever becoming a true number one center who can carry such a workload.

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On the flip side, Chlapik lost a lot of hype this past season. After playing 20 games with the Sens during the 2017-18 season and collecting four points, he was limited to just five games this past season, scoring just one goal. He also had competition in Belleville as Brown outplayed the young Czech forward to earn the number one center spot.

The point being that Chlapik did not meet expectations in his second pro season, and it seems as though fans and management have given up on the idea that he could ever become a solid second-line center. I included him in the list because I still feel as though he’s a quality prospect, but he’s going to have to step it up big time next year if he ever wants to reach that ceiling.

Another fact to remember is the Senators currently own two fantastic third-line centers in Chris Tierney and J.G Pageau. My guess is, if the Senators center prospects do make it to the big club in the next two seasons, that one of Tierney or Pageau will be dealt to make room for the youngsters. Barring any trades, the Sens could have a center core consisting of Brown, White, Tierney and Norris/Pageau in the near future.

The possibility also exists that general manager Pierre Dorion could trade for a center with the multitude of draft picks he was able to acquire this past season. However, if he decides to follow this path, he should only trade for a center who can slot inside the top-six.

 

Acquiring A Potential #1 Center In The Draft

Let’s also take into consideration the fact that the Sens could own as many as 17 draft picks in the first three rounds from 2019 through 2021. Dorion has a chance to acquire multiple new center prospects with high upside. They may also be able to find their coveted number one center of the future with the possibility of drafting Quinton Byfield in the 2020 NHL draft.

The Senators also have a chance to draft a top-end center in the upcoming 2019 draft. With intriguing names such as Ryan Suzuki, Connor McMichael and Alex Newhook who could all still be available at the number 19 draft position. It’s safe to say, the Sens should continue to stockpile on center depth as they continue their rebuild.

Like many others, I believe that a rebuild needs to start on the back end and make its way to the center position. The Sens already boast an established top pairing defenseman in Thomas Chabot as well as an up and coming star in Erik Brannstrom. These two defensemen are no doubt the most important pieces in this rebuild, considering that it took Mark Stone to land the slick swedish defenseman Brannstrom.

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Nonetheless, fans should be optimistic with the young defensemen in the Senators system as they also own a nice supporting cast as well. Christian Wolanin, Jacob Bernard-Docker, Christian Jaros and Max Lajoie all seem to be trending in the right direction.

 

Who Could The Senators Select With The 19th Overall Selection?

The possibilities are endless for Dorion and company, and it all begins this June at the NHL entry draft. There are a few players I would like management to target. The first player being Newhook.

He is a dangerous centerman who can set up plays as well as finish them. He fits the speed movement the Senators are trending towards perfectly. He also seems like a guy the Sens would target as they’ve shown a tendency to draft players out of the British Columbia Hockey League in the past.

The next player management should target is bulking right winger Arthur Kaliyev, who played with the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Ontario Hockey League. His finishing capabilities are some of the best in his draft class. He put up 51 goals and 102 points in his sophomore season in Hamilton. If he improves his defensive game, he’s going to be a dynamic forward for years to come.

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To keep the forward trend going, Dorion and co should also be taking a good look at Barrie center Suzuki. It’s tough to get a good read on Suzuki’s ceiling as many scouts have varying opinions on the young forward. I believe he’s worth the risk. The young playmaker could be a staple in the Senators top-six and help set up players like Drake Batherson and Brady Tkachuk for years to come. I would like management to target these particular players if they’re available at position 19 in the draft. Of course, the possibility exists that they are all nabbed before that selection however.

The Senators also own the 32nd overall selection this coming draft. A few key players I would like them to target with that pick are Bobby Brink, Spencer Knight and Lassi Thomson. If they are still available, of course.

The next two drafts are crucial for Dorion and the Senators. They need to select a few gems in order to build a contender. As I’ve touched on before, Dorion and the scouting staff need to find a number one center in the next two drafts. It should also be of interest to look at highly touted goalie prospect Knight, who could very well become an elite goaltender in the NHL.

All we can hope for as sens fans is for Dorion to draft the best player available with the 19th overall selection.

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IIHF World Hockey Championship: Recapping The Semi-finals

The fantastic Finns journey continued as they created another unbelievable upset to make the finals of the Worlds

The finalists have been found and it will be a repeat of the 2016 Final between Finland and Canada.

Finland deserves all the respect in the world. They are a team who has two NHLers in the rosters and neither got a goal this year. On team Russia they had 240+ goals this season. Yet they beat them and not just by luck. They beat them 1-0 in a game where they were deserving of the win.

In the other game, Canada blitzed past the Czechs who looked stunned and couldn’t find a way past Matt Murray.

Russia 0-1 Finland

Russia: The gold favorites has been eliminated in the semifinals! The Russian machine that has looked next to unstoppable throughout the tournament was shut down today by an amazing Finnish team, but also a lack of intensity shown from Russia. The fluent offense, where they seemed to always find room and passing lanes, was missing and combined with a tactically superior Finnish team. Then the offense came off the counter attacks, and here they had chances and some even fantastic, but they weren’t converting them like they have in games prior. Nikita Gusev was a shadow of himself and was one of the worst players on the ice. Alexander Ovechkin was trying a lot, had a few great chances but the puck just wouldn’t go. Like the rest of the Russians, his shot either went over the bar, hit it, or were robbed by the Finnish netminder.

Defensively I didn’t like Russia’s game either, since they made a lot of mistakes in the breakouts. The only reason the Russians only coincided one was due to a stunning performance from Andrei Vasilevskiy. He was absolutely awesome, and he made some fantastic saves, but little did it help in the end.

While Russia still have a bronze medal to fight for tomorrow against Czech Republic, this tournament and team had one clear goal. To win the gold medals and take the trophy back to Moscow. Today that mission failed and all they can do is get a minor bandage to the cover the stab wound.

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Finland: The Finnish Cinderella story will just not end. Winning against Sweden was stunning and an upset of the ages. For the encore, they beat the Russian NHL superstars to advance to the finals. And to make it even more impressive they did it in deserving fashion.

As the game started, it was clear that the Russians weren’t going to walk over Finland, like I think a few people feared. The structure and discipline from Finland were phenomenal and they never parted from the game plan. Every single player stuck to the plan and did everything they needed to do. Russia got stopped up the middle so many times due to them covering the passing lanes that Russia loves to hit, and then break on the counter. I don’t think I noticed one pinch that wasn’t timed to perfecting from the Finns. To do that for 60 minutes commands a lot of respect. They might not be the biggest names in hockey, but right now they seem to be the best TEAM in hockey. They fight and puts it all on the line and with a goalie like Kevin Lankinen, who is standing on his head, they are so tough to break down.

If Finland wins this tournament, with a team of European league players, it will be the biggest upset winner since Slovakia won in 2002. Especially considering the sheer talent they faced. And in that case, I hope Finland can build a statue of Lankinen or Marko Anttila. Both deserves to be praised for the contributions in the Worlds, but only if they win. And that requires one more win. A win against powerhouse Canada. A rematch of the first game of the tournament. To win they need to play another perfect game like that one.

Canada 5-1 Czech Republic

Canada: A flying start to the second period resulted in a goal after just ten seconds. After that Canada was in full control and ended up winning in commanding fashion. At least on the scoreboard, cause one of the main reasons for the win was a heroic performance in net by birthday boy, Matt Murray. He was showing the fans in Bratislava exactly why he won 2 Stanley Cups with Pittsburgh, with at least eight stunning saves. Especially in the end of the periods he was keeping the score comfortable for the Canucks. The offense was fantastic and lead by Mark Stone, they are a tough team to contain for 60 minutes.

If there was one negative that must be fixed ahead of tomorrow’s final, it’s the amount of passing lanes they gave up in the slot. Matt Murray had way too much to do and had to make a lot of key stop from that area of the ice. Finland will look to punish that, just as they did in the first game.

Is it going to be the return of the old rulers of hockey from Canada? Or will the underdogs find a way to end another hockey giant’s tournament in misery? To me it depends on the first goal. Canada showed today that once they have they lead, they are near impossible to play against and they will strike to extend it when given the chance in a hurry. However, Finland has shown the same. Take the first meeting against the two. Finland gets the lead and Canada start to chase. A little bit later and Finland punishes them.

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Czech Republic: They were perhaps a bit too respectful of Canada in the start of the game and sat back too much. This gave Canada a lot of possession and momentum and Canada promptly punished that. The goal did seem to wake up the Czechs and they were the better team the rest of the period. Creating chances and pressuring Canada at every moment but lacking finish.

Then disaster struck just ten seconds into the second period. A bad rebound by Patrik Bartosak and it was 2-0 Canada. From there Czech Republic looked flat and the crowd seemed to loss all its energy and hope when Pierre-Luc Dubois made it 3-0 and ended Bartosak’s night. They once again tried to rebound and created the chances, but it just wouldn’t go. Down 3-0 in the third and the game was done for the Czechs.  They did play a good tournament and have a chance of capping it off in style. Against the rivals from Russia. A win could easily salvage the worlds for them, but it takes a monumental task, or hoping the Russian stars don’t care about the game, for the Czechs to win.

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IIHF Worlds: How Will The John Tavares Injury Affect Canada?

With the injury to star player John Tavares, is Canada’s World Championship dreams over before the tournament has even begun?

 

Less than 24 hours before he was to take part in Canada’s first game against Finland, the World Championships are over for John Tavares. An oblique injury has forced him back to Toronto, leaving Canada scrambling for a replacement. The question is, can he can be replaced, and how does it effect Canada’s quest for gold in the long and short term? 

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The short-term consequence:

First off, Canada will have to make due with what they have against Finland. No replacement will be ready in time and it will probably be a few games before any replacement is ready to play. Tavares had played with the team and gotten some time to familiarize himself with the European ice and get over the jetlag. Obviously the replacement will have to be available quickly to minimize the loss. And even in that case they will probably play a few games before that happens.

For Canada’s initial few games the solution will have to come internally. The obvious solution would be to simply add Tyler Bertuzzi into Tavares spot with Jonathan Marchessault and Mark Stone on the first line. Not a bad line at all, but the center depth doesn’t look as imposing with Tavares absent.  This isn’t a knock on Bertuzzi. He is a solid National Hockey League player, but he just isn’t a superstar like Tavares. The more complex solution is to shuffle the lines. Playing a veteran like Kyle Turris on the first line and then having Bertuzzi play with Anthony Mantha and Dylan Strome on the third line would seem more realistic. 

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The long-term consequence:

Luckily for Canada the first real test is their last game of the preliminaries against the United States on the May 21. You could argue that the game against Finland tomorrow could be a challenge, but given the lackluster Finnish roster I doubt Canada will drop points. The softer start will allow the Tavares replacement time to settle in to the tournament and potentially the first line center spot before any major damage has happened.

However, taking away the first line center on any team will hurt them. Canada is no different, especially with a lacking of depth down the middle. Another point to remember is that the team was built around Tavares.
Players like Stone, Marchessault, Sam Reinhart and Sean Couturier are going to have to lift the offense. Can they do it? Absolutely!
But if the replacement isn’t a first line center, then we might see a major weakness for Canada. Especially when up against a team like Sweden or Russia, considering how unsteady they have looked defensively in the leadup to the Worlds.

 

Who can replace him?

So far, we have heard very little from Canada’s camp about a potential replacement for Tavares. Team Canada general manager Jason Botterill has his work cut out for him and I’m willing to bet he is working the phones to the best of his abilities, to persuade a superstar to join up as fast as possible. But as of the time of writing this, we have been left in silence. Therefore, the next part will be purely  speculations, so take it with a pinch of salt.

Who can replace Tavares? Very few is the short answer, but Canada must find one and they’ve got a few options.

One of them being Matt Duchene, who has been a part of many Championships and tournaments for Canada. A loyal servant to the cause and having recently been knocked out of the NHL playoffs, he would be a great fit for Canada. Red hot from the playoffs, Duchene notched 10 points in 10 games with the Columbus Blue Jackets and enjoyed a resurgence of sorts this season. He is also the most likely if I’m to guess on the replacement.

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Another replacement could be Tyler Seguin from the Dallas Stars. He won a Stanley cup with Boston in 2011 and a potential “second part” to the triple-gold club could be very tempting for Seguin, who has never represented Canada at a major international event. And yes, I know he played in the World Cup of Hockey but that was a preseason event. This could be the time for Seguin to join, and if he does Canada’s offense is back to looking fantastic. Especially if it’s with Duchene.

Some other names to throw in could be Derick Brassard, Tyson Jost, Pierre-Luc Dubois and Jason Spezza.

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