Kevin Schultz, Islanders Point Blank:
One of the reasons Hamonic is going to get a look at representing his country is due to the fact that Team Canada GM Steve Yzerman is looking to put together a team that plays well together and not simply an All-Star Team.
“We’re not putting together a team for an NHL all-star game,” Yzerman told Yahoo!’s Harrison Mooney on Monday. ”We’re putting together the best possible team that we can to compete against the best players in the world and try and win a gold medal. Part of that comes with having players that can do specific things for us.”
Yzerman elaborated further to Mooney on Hamonic as well as his teammate, Marc Methot of the Ottawa Senators, who is another shutdown defender that made Canada’s preliminary roster and could be good at those “specific things” Yzerman mentioned.
Of course the GM of Team Canada isn’t going to talk bad about the players he just selected, but it does go to show that he may be putting together a specific type of team, instead of just grabbing the highest profile names.
Hamonic has been in the national spotlight before, when he played for Canada’s world junior team in 2010. He had three points in six games and a plus nine rating in that tournament, before missing the championship game due to a separated shoulder.