Here’s my (premeditated) Canada offensive lineup for the 2026 Olympics

The next Winter Olympics are just two years away, but we’re already starting to think about what Canada’s roster for the competition will look like.

It’s a bit premeditated, but I wanted to put together my offensive lineup for the Olympic tournament.

Does it look like this:

  • Marchand-Crosby-MacKinnon
  • Bedard–McDavid–Marner
  • Point – Scheifele – Verhaeghe
  • Stamkos – Barzal – Suzuki
  • Extras: Johnston, Reinhart

The first trio makes sense to me because there is chemistry between the three guys, who come from the same area.

In the center of the second line we find Connor McDavid (a complete player) with a scorer (Bedard) and a game creator (Marner) on the wings.

The third line gave me problems, but Point could be useful with his speed, Verhaeghe has been scoring a ton of goals for two and a half years, and Scheifele is a responsible player on the ice.

And for the fourth unit… Stamkos has the experience to be part of the club, Barzal (like Point) is excellent because he is fast and Suzuki is one of the good players responsible on 200 feet of ice in the NHL.

Could Zach Hyman, who hit the 50-goal mark this season, fit into the lineup? Could be. He will depend on his performance in two years. Same story for Ryan Nugent-Hopkins.

But the question that interests us in Montreal is this: Does Suzuki have its place among the greats?

Is 50/50 in the eyes of many… But it is clear in the mind of Bob Hartley, who was passing through the set of L’Antichambre (RDS):

For me, it is a certainty that Nick Suzuki will play for Canada in the 2026 Olympics! –Bob Hartley

The point is that many things can change between now and 2026.

The injuries, the performance of the boys between now and the Games, the last minute changes…

Again, this is a premeditated alignment. But if the Olympics started tomorrow, I wouldn’t be afraid to face the best teams in the world with this offensive lineup.

Are there any obvious changes in your eyes?

And… Would Suzuki deserve his place in the lineup, if we say that he could help the team with his defensive qualities and his reliability on the ice (whether on the wing or in the center?)?

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