So Mike Babcock says that the forward lines he has put together during this 3-day Olympic Orientation is really just a process of who can play where at what situation and has little bearing on who he may put together in February 2010 and we should read nothing into this. Well, we could do that but what fun is that? Let's read too much into this for this is what we as fan can do. So here it goes.
The first line combinations seem pretty set in stone with Crosby and Nash to paired with Stills...um I mean Getzlaf once the tournament officially begins. During the past 3 days others like Iginla, St. Louis, and Perry have had opportunities but all signs point to Getzlaf being the triggerman on this potent line.
The 2nd line shapes up to be one of the best lines Canada has ever assembled and just screams "Legendary" with Mike Richards centreing, Jarome Iginla, and Jonathan Toews. If you want a momentum shifting, hard-nose, massive firepower, and major leadership line then this is it. Although in an Olympic tournament nobody really knows how certain lines will or will not click but this line just seems like a can't miss.
Then things get very cloudy. The 3rd line is pretty much in the air with many possibilities. The front runner seems to be the Eric Staal-Jeff Carter-Vincent Lecavalier line, but than there is the Thornton-Marleau-Smyth line, and the Spezza-Heatley-Gagne line but at this point everything is pretty much in the air.
The 4th line will likely end up being a crapshoot with the Canadian management and coaching staff selecting players with certain specialty qualities. It looks as if it is highly likely that Shane Doan will be part of this group but with whom? Brendan Morrow I would say is another likely headed to Vancouver but he is also coming off major reconstructive knee-surgery so it's hard to say. Milan Lucic is getting a lot of buzz this week and is a proven force especially with this tournament being held on North American ice and because of this may make this squad. One player that might sqeak onto this squad with a hot start may be Patrick Sharp mainly for his penalty-killing prowess and the fact he has had alot of success against the Wings (which helps) and in the playoffs in general which might also be determining factor.
So there you have it. The first 2 lines look pretty set in stone barring injuries but the other 2 are still a work in progress. Love to here what others think who may or may not make this squad and what lines would they put together.