A top junior defenseman to be part of the Canadian team at the Olympics

Published January 4, 2022 at 10:16 PM

Due to the absence of NHL players, Team Canada staff must look much further than expected to find the skaters who will be part of its roster at the Beijing Olympics next month.

In this regard, informant Darren Dreger has inside information about the identity of most of the players who will make up this team and it could be much more intriguing than at first glance.

Indeed, Dreger argues that the first overall pick of the NHL's last draft, Owen Power, would be highly regarded for putting on skates at the Olympic tournament. Despite being young (19), Power has already competed at last spring's World Hockey Championship and also had three goals and five points in just two games before the 2022 World Junior Championship was put on hold.

The Anaheim Ducks prospect, Mason McTavish, who was also part of Junior Team Canada, may also have a chance in the lead-up to the Games. In terms of veterans now, Dreger reveals that the presence of the 35-year-old goalkeeper, Devan Dubnyk, as well as Yaroslavl's Lokomotiv goalkeeper, Eduard Pasquale, would be strongly considered.

Finally, defenseman Tyler Wotherspoon and forward Adam Cracknell complete the list of names leaked to the media. Also according to Dreger, the official Canadian formation should be unveiled within two weeks. The start of the Olympic Games is scheduled for February 4.

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