The NHL lockout is so real, it’s taken over. Unfortunately for TSN, they still have Bob McKenzie on their payroll. With that well known, Big Bob has spent the past week outlining Canada’s fortunes for the upcoming World Junior Hockey Championship.
He calmed down panicked Canucks yesterday when Ryan Murray went down for eight months (at least) with a torn labrum. We’re still the best on the back end, he said, but in his own words. Today, he moved onto the forwards and the Oilers’ amazing crop of underage Canadian talent.
“Hockey Canada’s dream team — or at least the one that will be assembled if all the best players are made available — starts with a star-studded first forward line,” he wrote on TSN.ca.
“Florida Panthers first-rounder Jonathan Huberdeau of the Saint John Sea Dogs would be the left winger, Edmonton Oilers centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, currently in the AHL with Oklahoma City, would be in the middle and Winnipeg first-rounder Mark Scheifele of the Barrie Colts — a natural centre who can play wing — would likely be on the right side.”
In addition, Islanders’ prospect Ryan Strome has nothing to do and St. Louis Blues’ stud draft pick Ty Rattie is coming off one of the best WHL seasons in some time. Projected first overall pick in 2013 Nathan MacKinnon is always there, too.
So, he says, we’re stacked.
“Now, if the lockout ends, all bets are off and the battle for all positions is wide open.”
Oh. Well, that sucks.