It’s tough to make a case against Jason Spezza being the biggest snub from the list of players that Team Canada invited to orientation camp. But as disappointing as it was that the veteran forward won’t be in the mix for a spot, the Ottawa Senators may also have the roster’s biggest surprise.
It’s no guarantee that he’ll be on the final roster, but Marc Methot was among the players invited to orientation camp for Team Canada, in something of a surprise move. In fact, Methot was the only player from the Senators invited to Team Canada’s orientation camp.
He’s far from a household name, but there’s little doubt that Methot deserves to be in the mix for a spot on Team Canada. If he’s able to make it all the way through, he’d be an asset to the team’s blue line in Sochi. Especially considering the kind of year he’s coming off of with the Senators.
Methot turned in a strong year in his first season with the Senators, and his role became that much more crucial with Erik Karlsson going down with his Achilles injury early on in the year. Methot appeared in 47 games for the Sens in 2013, finishing the year with 11 points.
As a defensive defenseman, he averaged up over 22 minutes per game, while leading the Senators in minutes shorthanded, averaging 3:09 while down a man during the regular season. He’s a top pairing guy next to Karlsson, and presents a terrific contrast to the Ottawa star.
It wouldn’t be incorrect at all to call Methot a long shot for a spot on Team Canada’s final roster for the Olympics in Sochi next February. But the fact that he’s even in the mix at this point is well deserved, and he should garner at least some heavy consideration for a spot on their blue line.