If NHL players return for the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, Canada would be the favorite for a three-peat (even despite the improvements on the way for Team USA, as we explored Saturday). An early look at a projected 2018 Team Canada shows why:
Jamie Benn, Dallas Stars: Cemented his place as one of the game’s best players with a big-time performance against the Americans.
Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins: A warrior whose versatility and penchant for playing big in big moments earns him a spot even as he climbs into his 30s.
Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins: Who are we going to gripe about early on in the tournament without Crosby? With his goal in the gold-medal game against the Swedes, Crosby proves again that his Olympic timing is impeccable.
Matt Duchene, Colorado Avalanche: Really grabbed the attention of Hockey Canada during an impressive World Championship last spring. Got valuable experience in Olympics this year, earning time following John Tavares’ knee injury.