jmh70 wrote:It's not just Crosby, Canada needed all the top young players such as Phaneuf, Staal, and Spezza. Ignoring them because they are inexperienced was a stupid move by Gretzky.
I don't think it necessarily was because of experience. Tell me which centers you would have cut to make room for these guys? Thornton, Richards, Lecavalier, Sakic? Of those, I'd say Sakic would be the most likely, but he is the captain, the heart and soul of the team. You could also make a case for Lecavalier and Richards, but they are both extremely talented, young players. So it would just be a swap.
One thing I think a lot of people, including myself early on, forget is that team Canada doesn't take the top players overall. They take the top players at each position. There's already a plethora of talented centers, so it's hard for these other guys to make the squad. You can't just carry 7 centers and deplete left wing or right wing. It just doesn't work that way. Plus, you have to remember that this team was put together primarliy at the beginning of the NHL season. At that time, no one knew what Crosby would do in the NHL. Spezza and Staal had good rookie seasons, but I don't think anyone expected the pair of them to explode as they have this season.
Sure, I'd love to see the younger players out there, but Team Canada was put together quite well, in my opinion. There are very few players I on that team who have played so poorly that they deserve to be replaced.