Nice replacement list! I would definitely have to agree with you on Joe Thornton replacing Joe Nieuwendyk. I think Thornton's experience for his age will benefit the team, not to mention blend right in with the rest of the youngsters.
I also agree that Jason Allison should be oon the team but disagree that Gagne should be taken out. I'm not a huge Gagne fan but I do like his shooting skills and his speed. Can you imagine him on the same line as Iginla? Those two guys alone make their line a deadly one and that's one a one-two combination any team would love to have. And they would tire players like Chelios and Housley (if he gets chosen) out real quick on an Olympic-sized rink. In regards to Thornton, yes this guy gets no respect from anybody. Seems like people were giving Bill Guerin (a player whom I think is slightly above average on the skill level) way more props than Thornton for some reason when they were together. But Thornton was more of a sniper and an offensive threat than Guerin was.
A guy who I was silently hoping would get chosen was Eric Daze (and I'm not just saying that because I'm a Hawks fan
). In fact I never really liked Daze until very recently. This guy is huge and plays a good game. He has definitely turned it up this year and also plays a better defensive game. He's turning into an excellent two-way player very nicely - and right on time for the Hawks playoff run.
So are you a Leafs fan since you live in Toronto?
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