The Canadians took home WJC gold last year in Buffalo thanks to a total team effort that saw all four lines contribute up front and the tournament-winning tally notched by Tyler Steenbergen – the only forward who hadn’t scored for the team until then. There was no superstar on the team, with goaltender Carter Hart perhaps the closest to warrant that distinction, but Canada played as a wolf pack and was unstoppable after losing the outdoor game to Team USA – though the Swedes probably got jobbed a bit by the officials near the end of the gold-medal game.
Nonetheless, expect a similar look from Team Canada this season, where a plethora of talent makes them a conservative favorite to repeat as champions.
Thanks to a wealth of choice at this position, Canada will be dangerous no mat...
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Ryan Kennedy is the associate senior writer and draft/prospect expert at The Hockey News. He has been with the publication since 2005 and in that span, Don Cherry, Lil Jon and The Rock have all called his house. He lives in Toronto with his wife and kids where he listens to loud music and collects NCAA pennants.