Mike Smith was one of Canada's goaltenders at the IIHF World Championships. (The Canadian Press)It’s not the Olympics, but Canada’s medal-less showing at the IIHF World Championships should be an eye opener for Steve Yzerman and the selection committee as well as Canadian hockey fans with the 2014 Sochi Games less than nine months away.
Sure, Canada was missing key pieces to their roster with the likes of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Drew Doughty, Duncan Keith, Brent Seabrook and others still competing in the Stanley Cup playoffs, but so was every other country including Sweden, who won gold without Henrik Lundqvist and Henrik Zetterberg, two players who will likely play major roles in Sochi.
Canada’s Olympic roster (of course if the NHL goes to Sochi) will undoubtedly be more powerful than the one that took the ice at the World’s, but they may actually be somewhat of an underdog heading into Russia as the other four international hockey powerhouses are stronger between the pipes.
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