Thursday, April 23, 2009

For Now, This is Our Playoffs

Horcoff, Roloson to lead on Team Canada

With the Edmonton Oilers on the outside looking in -- for the third year straight -- the attention of Oilers fans should now be shifting toward the World Championships.

The World Championships have long been treated as Oilers brass as a stand-in for playoff hockey. And perhaps for good reason. The World Championship of Hockey are as close as hockey offers to a best-on-best format outside of the Olympics or the World Cup.

Horcoff and Roloson are two of just nine veteran team Canada hands on this year's squad, which favours youth over experience, yet somehow left Sam Gagner off the team.

Sabres head coach Lindy Ruff will certainly be looking toward Horcoff and Roloson to play leading roles on the team. Roloson is the most experienced goaltender in the tournament. For now he shares the crease with Josh Harding of the Predators and Chris Mason of the St Louis Blues.

While the World Championships may lack the glitz and glamour of the Stanley Cup playoffs, national pride is still on the line, which makes it all the more important for Canadians to watch, even despite the early-morning time slots of the games.

1 comment:

shlemazl said...

Yeah, shame they didn't take Sam G. Would have been a good test for Olympics.

Canada did really well, considering NHL play-off teams have 10-15 Canadians and stars like Iginla and Lecavalier opted for vacations. Just shows the shear number of reasonably good Canadian players.