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NHL on TSN Quiz: Will Jets' Kane play for Canada in 2014?

TSN.ca Staff

3/28/2012 11:44:19 PM

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Evander Kane is the highest-scoring 20-year-old in the NHL; do you project him to be a member of the 2014 Canadian Olympic team?

Bob McKenzie: Tough question but I'm going to say no. I love Evander Kane's game; I think he's going to be one of the top power forwards in the NHL. I just wonder if the maturity of his all-around game will be ready in time for 2014. With Steve Yzerman running the show, he's going to want more experienced, well-rounded guys.

Marc Crawford: I think it's going to be a yes. I think Kane is ramping up his game, and his experience, with the whole season next year and the start of the Olympic year, will put him in place. I love his speed and that's what he'll need in the Olympics.

Aaron Ward: I say no. I can't see when the Olympics roll around and Kane is 22, him supplanting the wealth of talent Canada has upfront. The difference? Obviously he has a great skillset but these guys already possess a lot of international experience.

If you were Brian Burke and had a choice between Mathew Dumba, Alex Galchenyuk, Morgan Rielly, and Jacob Trouba at No. 5 in the 2012 draft, who would you select?

Ward: Trouba. I talked to one assistant general manager that said he may not possess the offensive skillset that the others do but this guy has the whole package. He is more NHL-ready right now. What they really like about his game is that he plays with an absolute edge.

McKenzie: I'll say Galchenyuk. I didn't get the option of Filip Forsberg so I'll take the next best centre on the list and that's Galchenyuk. He of course has missed most of this season because of ACL reconstruction surgery, but he's playing in the playoffs now, he's playing well, he's putting points up and he's the kind of big point producing centre the Maple Leafs could use.

Crawford: I'm going to take Dumba. What makes him so special is I have a lot of people compare him to the competitiveness of Chris Chelios, but I also like his hard-hitting style like a former Leaf - an older Leaf - Bob Baun. So if they can get a great Western Canadian kid with leadership and character, Dumba might be their choice.

Who is most likely to sign unrestricted free agent defenceman & blue-chip prospect Justin Schultz of Wisconsin?

McKenzie: I'll say the Edmonton Oilers because I think this Kelowna kid would be happy to play in Canada. I also think it would be great for him to grow old with guys like Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jordan Eberle, and Taylor Hall and he's the missing piece of the puzzle in Edmonton: power play quarterback.

Ward: I'll go with Detroit because you have to figure with the uncertainty of Nicklas Lidstrom and his retirement and Brad Stuart likely heading west after the season because that's where his family is. Also, Brendan Smith – Schultz's former teammate at Wisconsin – selling the idea of going to Detroit and obviously Ken Holland has the Hall of Fame defencemen corps.

Crawford: I think he's going to go to Toronto, one of the reasons is I want to fix the entire Toronto defence tonight, I'm picking Dumba and Schultz, but also he has a former teammate there in Jake Gardiner.

Which NHL scoring great does 55-goal man Steven Stamkos most remind you of?

McKenzie: I'm going to take Guy Lafleur and I'm not 100% sold on it because I think Stamkos is such a unique player, but I'll tell you what, these guys can score from anywhere on the ice: far out, close in, great hands, great shot, smart, dynamic. I'll take Guy.

Crawford: I'm going to take Bobby Hull – the Golden Jet. Stamkos has the golden hair and has a great shot just like Hill.

Ward: Lafleur. Stamkos possesses the ability to finish, much like Lafleur, and also has the ability in full stride to let that shot go and not telegraph it to the goalies – catch them off guard.