The Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team kicked off their summer training camp in Calgary over the weekend with a pair of Edmonton Oilers in attendance. You could also use the term roommates in the literal sense as Taylor Hall and Jordan Eberle are more than just line mates.
But the two young stars that light up Rexall on a nightly basis will be shooting for more than just the experience of attending Canada’s summer camp. Rather they will have their sights on making the roster when the team is announced closer to Christmas.
The 47 players that were invited to Calgary is a list of superstars from around the league and make no mistake about it, Hall and Eberle deserve to be at the camp.
The odds are against them however. Some industry experts have picked just Hall to make the club while others have picked both Oilers’ superstars to wear the maple leaf and some have neither of them making Team Canada.
The TSN experts recently did a lock and favorites segment based on who they feel will be automatics to make the club and who will likely be on the team. Neither Hall or Eberle were listed in these two categories and it’s understandable why. Names like Perry, Giroux, Crosby, Nash, Stamkos, Tavares are just a few of the players that will occupy the forward positions.
After that it’s wide open as to who will fill in the remaining spots up front for Team Canada. The competition will be fierce but the positive for both Hall and Eberle is that their performances through the first three months of the season will be a major factor in Yzerman’s decision.
If both Hall and Eberle can light the lamp on the pace that Oilers’ fans know they can, then Yzerman will have a hard time ignoring them for his final selection.
Some experts feel that given the depth Canada has at centre will allow them to shuffle a natural centerman over to the wing, a move that could bump either Oiler off the final list. Then again, Hall and/or Eberle can play their way on to the team for those that have not penciled them in.
The important thing to remember at this point is that all of this is merely speculation. The TSN experts get paid to surmise who they feel will make the club and until the final roster is announced, it’s somewhat irrelevant what they say.
Hall and Eberle’s play will do the talking and with a strong start for them not only means they’ll have a better chance to make Team Canada, but it will surely mean a strong start for the Oilers. And while most fans would love to see both players represent Canada in Sochi, Russia next February, a playoff push in the spring has to be top of the priority list for Oilers fans.
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