How would Canadian All-Snubs do against World All-Snubs?

Brian Costello
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With apologies to Dallas Stars defenseman Sergei Gonchar, he didn’t even make our all-snub team.

Armchair quarterbacks and Sunday second-guessers are having a field day today asking why certain players didn’t make certain Olympic teams. Here’s our take, with contributions from THN intern Gareth Bush.

Your call on how Team Canada’s snub team and the Rest-of-the-World snub team would do in Olympic competition against the top seven nations in the world. In my opinion, neither team would medal, but the Canadian all-snubs would finish in the top five and the all-world all-snubs would be in the top seven.

Here’s how they look. For simplicity’s sake, we’re selecting 12 forwards, rather than four of each at the three forwards positions.

 

Team Canada snub team

Forwards

Claude Giroux, Philadelphia

Joe Thornton, San Jose

Martin St-Louis, Tampa Bay

Eric Staal, Carolina

Logan Couture, San Jose

James Neal, Pittsburgh

Milan Lucic, Boston

Taylor Hall, Edmonton

Tyler Seguin, Dallas

Jordan Eberle, Edmonton

Mike Richards, Los Angeles

Jeff Skinner, Carolina

Defense

Brent Seabrook, Chicago

Dan Boyle, San Jose

Kris Letang, Pittsburgh

Mark Giordano, Calgary

Francois Beauchemin, Anaheim

Marc Staal, N.Y. Rangers

Goalies

Corey Crawford, Chicago

Jonathan Bernier, Toronto

 

Team Rest-of-the-World snub team

(made up of players from the other top six hockey powers)

Forwards

Bobby Ryan, Ottawa (USA)

Kyle Okposo, N.Y. Islanders (USA)

Jason Pominville, Minnesota (USA)

Jiri Hudler, Calgary (Czech)

Radim Vrbata, Phoenix (Czech)

Tomas Fleischmann, Florida (Czech)

Alexander Semin, Carolina (Russia)

Nail Yakupov, Edmonton (Russia)

Patric Hornqvist, Nashville (Sweden)

Marcus Johansson, Washington (Sweden)

Sean Bergenheim, Florida (Finland)

Miroslav Satan, Bratislava (Slovakia)

Defense

Keith Yandle, Phoenix (USA)

Dustin Byfuglien, Winnipeg (USA)

Erik Johnson, Colorado (USA)

Dmitry Kulikov, Florida (Russia)

Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay (Sweden)

Jonas Brodin, Minnesota (Sweden)

Goalies

Ben Bishop, Tampa Bay (USA)

Cory Schneider, New Jersey (USA)

We didn’t include injured players such as Pekka Rinne and Saku Koivu because they weren’t officially snubs.

(Edit note: Erik Johnson was put in to replace Tobias Enstrom, who opted not to play.)

 

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