Many are looking at what Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos is doing at the World Hockey Championships and asking if that could translate into a position on the Canadian Olympic team when they hit the ice in Vancouver. The number one overall draft pick this season did not disappoint after having a slow start to the season. He had 23 goals and 23 assists in his first pro season with Tampa and he currently leads Canada in goals at the Worlds with 6.
While Stamkos is a good player and is one of the young guns that will be one of the faces for the league for the next few years, is he really ready to be an Olympian right now??
We all know the Canadian roster at the Worlds is made up of guys who didn't make the Stanley Cup playoffs or whose teams made early exits. You know Ryan Getzlaf and Sidney Crosby will be two of the centers on that team and Stamkos' injured teammate Vincent Lecavalier will likely also find his way on the roster. I think there are many others right now who have a better shot at being on the Olympic team than Stamkos. I think Stamkos could help lead Canada at the 2014 games but right now may be a little premature.
Agree or disagree????
By the way, I might have to make a road trip to Winnipeg in September. Word is today the Lightning and the Oilers will play a pre-season game at MTS Centre September 24. I know the Coyotes have played several exhibition games in Winnipeg for reasons that I think we know are clear but has Vancouver--the parent team of the Manitoba Moose--ever had an exhibition game in Winnipeg. If not, why???