SASKATOON – A scouting report on the Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team announced Wednesday:
Martin Brodeur, New Jersey Devils: The 37-year-old veteran who backstopped Canada to gold in 2002 is the NHL’s all-time leader in wins and shutouts and remains at the top of his game.
Roberto Luongo, Vancouver Canucks: Brodeur’s rangy back-up from the 2006 Games is one of the world’s best when he gets hot.
Marc-Andre Fleury, Pittsburgh Penguins: The 25-year-old was probably out of the Olympic picture until his fine play in the Penguins’ Stanley Cup run in the spring.
Dan Boyle, San Jose Sharks: Veteran of Tampa Bay’s 2004 Stanley Cup team is a strong rushing rearguard and power-play point man.
Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings: Only turned 20 in August, but brings skill, a good shot and surprising maturity.
Duncan Keith, Chicago Blackhawks: Steady and poised, also adept at moving the puck.
Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Ducks: A 36-year-old leader, has Olympic gold, four Stanley Cups and remains among the NHL’s best skating defencemen.
Chris Pronger, Philadelphia Flyers: Six-foot-six with a mean streak, he brings a heavy shot and strong defensive zone play.
Brent Seabrook, Chicago: Keith’s more conservative defence partner has a strong two-way game.
Shea Weber, Nashville Predators: Big, skilled, tough and good on the point, the 24-year-old has become one of the NHL’s best all-around blue-liners.
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins: Strong right-hand shooting faceoff man and penalty-killer also has offensive skill and can play centre or wing.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh: Skilled and intense centre, rivals Alex Ovechkin as the world’s best player.
Ryan Getzlaf, Anaheim: Six-foot-four centre scores and is a physical presence in the attacking zone.
Dany Heatley, San Jose: Rangy right-winger uses a long reach to be a top goal-scorer.
Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames: Tough, intense right winger can score and bang in the corners.
Patrick Marleau, San Jose: Quietly skilled two-way left-winger fits in subtly on the Sharks’ top line.
Brendan Morrow, Dallas Stars: Very strong winger on the boards and also has a scoring touch.
Rick Nash, Columbus Blue Jackets: Big left-winger is among hockey’s best goal-scorers.
Corey Perry, Anaheim: Six-foot-three play-making winger meshes well with Gezlaf.
Mike Richards, Philadelphia: Hard-nosed centre is strong on penalty killing, skating and can score.
Eric Staal, Carolina Hurricanes: Multi-skilled centre brings a large body and soft hands.
Joe Thornton, San Jose: Big, dominating centre has been an NHL playoff bust, but excels at international hockey.
Jonathan Toews, Chicago: A skilled play-making centre or winger who does many little things well, particularly faceoffs.