11 players on the Bolts roster hail from our friends up North in Canada. Will all 11 secure spots on Cooper’s bench? Doubtful, but here are the players you should expect to see representing Canada in Beijing.
Brayden Point, C
It should go without saying that Calgary’s own, Brayden Point, has earned himself a spot on Canada’s roster. Point has supplied the Lightning with 28 goals in the playoffs over the last two seasons, split evenly at 14 each. Recently extending his contract with the Lightning for eight seasons, it’s a safe assumption that you’ll be seeing Point walking around the Olympic Village in crocs come February.
Steven Stamkos, C
Steven Stamkos being on the roster would be more of a Cooper wanting to – and possibly feeling he needs to – add his Captain to the team. Early projections from various sources had Stamkos unanimously on the roster, and more recently, the polar opposite; his name nowhere to be found. Of course, this was before Cooper was announced as the coach of the delegation being sent to Beijing. There can be cases made for whichever side you’re on. However, given the recent events, seeing Stamkos with the Canadian maple leaf on his sweater should really be expected at this point.