Tuesday November 18th, 2014

NHL
Off The Draw: Making hockey's World Cup a hot ticket; games to watch

Canadian fans have been enthralled by the concept of a second national team ever since a spat with the WHA kept Bobby Hull and Gerry Cheevers off the country's Summit Series squad in 1972. Now, nearly half a century later, the dream could become a reality if the 2016 World Cup of Hockey follows through on plans to include two at-large entries to fill out the eight-team bracket. Organizers have other options to explore, including a multi-country Team Euro and an NHL Young Stars club, but both of those would be cannon fodder when matched up against the Big Six of Canada, the United States, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Russia. What the tournament needs, and what many fans want, is a Canada 2 club made up of the best players remaining after the country's main team was selected.

For a group of leftovers, this team doesn't look too bad. Playing with a chip on their shoulders, it's easy to imagine them getting the best of any team in the tourney ... even Canada 1. There's plenty of skill down the middle, with a bit more sandpaper on the wings than the first team. On D, there's plenty of puck skill to go along with a bit of nastiness and there's a Stanley Cup winner and Canada's top young goaltender vying for time between the pipes.

What do you think? Deep and skilled enough to meet Canada 1 in the final?

Forwards (13)

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SI.com's Team Canada 1 roster for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey

Jeff CarterKings
Logan CoutureSharks
Brendan GallagherCanadiens
Taylor HallOilers
Adam HenriqueDevils
Ryan JohansenBlue Jackets
Connor McDavid, NHL team TBD
James NealPredators
Jaden Schwartz, Blues
Tyler Seguin, Stars
Wayne SimmondsFlyers
Jason Spezza, Stars
Tyler Toffoli, Kings

Defensemen (7)

T.J. BrodieFlames
Brent Burns, Sharks
Dan GirardiRangers
Dougie HamiltonBruins
Kris LetangPenguins
Jake Muzzin, Kings
Alex Pietrangelo, Blues

Goalies (3)

Jake Allen, Blues
Corey Crawford, Blackhawks
Brian Elliott, Blues

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