We put together Canada’s team for the World Cup in Prague: star Bedard and teachers and an icon

We put together Canada’s team for the World Cup in Prague: star Bedard and teachers and an icon
We put together Canada’s team for the World Cup in Prague: star Bedard and teachers and an icon
  • Who could possibly replace Connor Bedard in Canada’s team for the WC in PraguePHOTO: Collage iSport.cz, ČTK/AP

    In five weeks, Canada will start packing and head to the Czech Republic for the WC. It has been talked about for a long time that the defenders of gold should bring a strong team to Prague. The Czech capital attracts players from the NHL for two reasons: you can have a nice party during the group. And you’ll also have a really wild time on the ice. Strike for gold like Sidney Crosby in 2015? That needs repeating. We’ve tried to build Team Canada as it would look now that you’re picking from the squads that are missing from the NHL playoffs. So the assignment is: the roster must be stepped on. Result? Judge for yourself

  • One big story could theoretically unfold in the goal area. Goaltender Marc-André Fleury is nearing the end of his exceptional NHL career. He won the Stanley Cup three times, the Olympics once. He never caught at the World Cup because he always played in a team that played in the playoffs. He has 169 matches in the elimination fights. The World Championship could be the last event of his career, gold would mean entry into the Triple Gold Club. Symbolically, Fleury could catch on a team with Tristan Jarry, whom he remembers as a young Pittsburgh ear. The selection is also decent. If Connor Ingram was not fit, you can go for someone from the pair of Montembault (Montreal), Levi (Buffalo), who went to the tournament a year ago.


    Tristan Jarry (28, Pittsburgh)
    Marc Andre-Fleury (39, Minnesota)
    Connor Ingram (27, Arizona)

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  • And we come to the first problem. Who to leave out? In the end, we selected seven backs. Logically, you prefer those who have a contract for next year and are fit. 2021 draft pick Owen Power plays in Buffalo with Rasmus Dahlin. It would be tempting to pair him with Calgary star Weegar, who already has the gold from last year. The D+D pair (Dunn and Dobson) could become the highlight of the tournament. Both have high offensive skills, Dobson is one of the best two-way guards in the NHL. We’d take Guhle from Montreal for the seventh guard position, but don’t worry, an ace too. In any other team in the championship (except maybe Sweden) he would play in the first defensive pair.


    Vince Dunn (26, Seattle)
    Noah Dobson (24, NY Islanders)

    Owen Power (21, Buffalo)
    MacKenzie Weegar (30, Calgary)

    Bowen Byram (22, Buffalo)
    Colton Parayko (30, St. Louis)

    Kaiden Guhle (22, Montreal)

    All eyes were on Owen Power during his big NHL debutPhoto by profimedia.cz

  • When else should Connor Bedard come to try to win gold at the WC? Canadian draft picks often go to the tournament when their careers are taking off and their club is not yet at the top of the NHL. This is how Steven Stamkos, Aaron Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon and Sidney Crosby arrived at the World Cup before. Bedard in Prague sounds completely logical, if he doesn’t suffer from some health problem. And if the seasoned talent nods to try to go for the gold medal, he needs to get strong teachers. Perhaps Giroux could be persuaded, who has the gold from the World Cup, but he really liked it in Prague and he simply knows how to promote young players. Play with Bedard? You can already hear that. On the left wing, Huberdeau, a smart and combination-proficient fighter from the troubled Calgary, would be suitable for them. Perhaps even he would be kicked by the MS. Barzal is having the season of his life, Montreal captain Suzuki or Thomas and Cozens are brilliant fighters in the U25 age category. A little more defensively oriented attackers can also be placed in the fourth formation, should it happen to be needed.


    Jonathan Huberdeau (30, Calgary)
    Connor Bedard (18, Chicago)
    Claude Giroux (36 years old, Ottawa)

    Jared McCann (27, Seattle)
    Nick Suzuki (24 years old, Montreal)
    Matthew Barzal (26, NY Islanders)

    Alex Killorn (34, Anaheim)
    Robert Thomas (age 24, St. Louis)
    Dylan Cozens (23, Buffalo)

    Tyson Jost (26, Buffalo)
    Yanni Gourde (32, Seattle)
    Mathieu Joseph (27 years old, Ottawa)

    Connor Zary (22, Calgary)

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The article is in Czech

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