Saturday, June 06, 2009

Goaltenders for the Olympic team

Well Storm Nation has selected their choice for goalies to play on next year's Olympic team:

Roberto Luongo - 77%
Cam Ward - 50%
Marc-Andre Fleury - 45%
Martin Brodeur - 40%
Steve Mason - 22%
Marty Turko - 9%
Carey Price - 4%

I would have to agree with the first choice. There is no dominant goalie in the NHL at the moment. Certainly not in the way Hasek, Roy and Brodeur once dominated. However, at this moment Luongo is likely the top goalie in the NHL and certainly the top Canadian goalie. From there it gets messy. Ward and Fleury are two young goalies that reached the Stanley Cup finals and in Wards case won a Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe. He is likely going to be in Vancouver next February. Steve Mason may yet develop into the next dominant NHL goalie if he can continue to build on his spectacular rookie season. But he hasn't got the experience to be selected. As a third choice I just don't see Fleury making it. I think the Olympic team will be younger than in the past and for that reason I expect that Martin Brodeur will be called on to provide some leadership. And in the event of a must win game, I would still put my faith in Brodeur. Though one consideration is that the GM of the Olympic team is Steve Yzerman and the head coach will likely be Mike Babcock. So don't count out Chris Osgood. He too has a few Stanley Cup rings.