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Taylor Hall admits it’ll be tough to make Team Canada

Jul 23, 2013, 6:51 PM EDT

Taylor Hall AP

Edmonton’s Taylor Hall is one of 25 forwards gunning to be on Team Canada for the 2014 Olympic Games.

While he had an all-pro-like season this past year, he knows it won’t be easy to make the final roster as he tells Joanne Ireland of the Edmonton Journal.

“It’s going to be very hard for me to make the team. I realize that. There’s a lot of guys on that list who are tremendous players,” Hall said

Taking a look at Team Canada’s invite list, if you went just by guys who played left wing (like Hall does) the competition is insane as it is. Rick Nash, Andrew Ladd, Milan Lucic, and Chris Kunitz stand out as it is.

That said, the one guy who had a better season than Hall was Kunitz and he had that Sidney Crosby guy on his line. Maybe he doesn’t have too much to worry about when it comes to making the team.

  1. ikillchicken - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:38 PM

    Come on though. We’re just gonna have a bunch of centers play wing. When a team has the likes of Crosby, Giroux, Stamkos, Toews, Tavares, Bergeron, Getslaf and the Stall brothers, it would be sheer insanity to only play people at their natural position.

  2. girouxed - Jul 23, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    he’ll get his chance.

  3. mikebel11 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:11 PM

    Exactly. Of those guys in competition as pure left wingers, really only Nash and Hall have a shot. Lucic would spend the entire tournament in the box. Ladd plays a style that’s already represented and played better by Toews and Bergeron. And Kunitz is a by-product of Crosbys talent that can be easily replaced as proven in 2010 by Eric Staal on the left wing. It wouldn’t surprise me to see none of these guys on the team. Too much competition and too much talent to force a player on to the roster because of his position when there’s better players who can make the adjustment.

    • 19to77 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:40 PM

      Agreed on all points but Ladd. I can see a fourth line centered by Bergeron with some combination of Ladd, Couture, Sharp and/or Richards on the wings being very useful. Amongst the pure LWs, no-one’s got a better two-way presence than Ladd and he brings the same heart and grit to the roster that Morrow was brought in to provide in 2010. I wouldn’t be surprised if Yzerman brought him entirely for own-zone grit and locker room presence.

      • barby97 - Jul 24, 2013 at 11:50 PM

        ladd is a good player that needs some decent linemates.

  4. thailer35 - Jul 23, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    Can’t wait to see what kind of tantrum he throws when he doesn’t make the team.

    • chanceoffleury1 - Jul 24, 2013 at 6:19 PM

      It won’t be nearly as monumental as the tantrum that Miller will surely throw if he doesn’t get the starting job for Team USA. I figure he’s surely already got at least one of the three spots b/c of his 2010 performance, so I’ve already got my popcorn ready especially if he ends up third string.

  5. pensman29 - Jul 23, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    He will make it. He is a fast skater and young. And should certainly beat out Ladd

  6. hockeyflow33 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:10 PM

    I don’t think Lucic’s game translates on the larger ice surface

  7. icelovinbrotha215 - Jul 23, 2013 at 10:18 PM

    But isn’t that Canada in a nut shell? They could field 2 teams. That’s how much talent they have.

  8. withseidelinn - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:32 AM

    He’s throwing some serious sauce in that picture

  9. tomklassen - Jul 24, 2013 at 1:30 PM

    Hall has a good chance to play on the fourth line, maybe the third line. That’s no slight on Hall, in fact that is quite the milestone to make Team Canada regardless, but the roster is just too good. The problem with him is he’s just too young.

    In 2018 he’ll probably be a headliner on the team.

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