Monday, June 20, 2005

Outside shot - Turin 2006 Winter Games

Goal: Andrew Raycroft, Boston Bruins; Dwayne Roloson, Minnesota Wild.Defence: Sheldon Souray, Montreal Canadiens; Bryan McCabe, Toronto Maple Leafs; Chris Phillips, Ottawa Senators; Adrian Aucoin, New York Islanders.Forward: Mike Peca, New York Islanders; Daniel Briere, Buffalo Sabres; Alex Tanguay, Colorado Avalanche; Brendan Morrison, Vancouver Canucks; Jason Spezza, Ottawa Senators; Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators; Scott Walker, Nashville Predators.Roloson (.933) and Raycroft (.926) were among the save percentage leaders during the 2003-2004 season. Raycroft won the Calder Trophy as top rookie. They deserve to be in the mix.Souray and Phillips had big years on the big ice in Sweden this past year although they struggled somewhat at the world championship. McCabe was a second-team NHL all-star in 2003-04 and has been knocking at the door. Aucoin keeps delivering without notice: 44 points and a plus-29 ratings in 2003-04.Briere was outstanding at 2003 and 2004 world championships in teaming up with Heatley on gold-medal Canadian squads. Peca was in Salt Lake and remains one of the game's top defensive specialists, not to mention a tremendous leader. All Tanguay does is keep scoring (79 points in 69 games in 2003-04) and yet can't make a Canadian team. Morrison, Walker and Fisher all played for Canada in Austria. Spezza led the AHL in scoring this past season and is ready to take off in Ottawa.

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