Shown: Martin St. Louis' actual thighs.

Shown: Martin St. Louis’ actual thighs.

So Martin St. Louis has been named the replacement for Steven Stamkos on Team Canada, and that’s a great thing for both him and the team. While he may not be the best player on the list of available names – Giroux, Neal, Seguin, Staal, Thornton and others were available as well – he’s the best suited for the Olympic Games.

Awhile back I wrote this about the difference between playing on NHL-sized ice and the big international rink:

There’s a huge misconception that because there’s more ice, you need faster players. I think you need better decision-makers with the puck. On the small sheet, you need players with great instincts who get the puck to the right areas without much deliberation. On Olympic ice, it can be alarming when you get the puck and realize you have a full second or two to figure out just what you want to do. “Paralysis by analysis” can be a thing, so composed, smart players will take you further than spazzes.

Marty St. Louis is the human embodiment of those characteristics. He’s smart, patient and skilled, not to mention experienced enough to not panic when the pace of the game becomes frenzied.

This is a guy a year removed from an Art Ross trophy who’s again leading his team in points with 54 in 56 games. He’s a great selection.

At this stage in their careers Claude Giroux is probably a better player than Marty St. Louis. But for an international event on big ice that starts in a week, the latter was the correct choice for Canada.

Comments (20)

  1. This is spot-on analysis, and I wish more pundits would take this stance and understand that keys to winning are top-notch decision making combined with skill, and not simply straightahead effort and determination.

    It’s the sort of reasoning that leaves me concerned for the US team (and anything led by Burke), who have been so explicit in their demands for speedspeedspeed.

    • There’s more than one way to skin a cat. Just because one person views a certain approach as the best way to win doesn’t mean it is the best or only way.

    • Bigger ice surface means speed is going to be a factory in winning this tourney & the US is being overlooked having multi-dimensions to their game. Don’t count these guys or Burke out as long as they have their heads on straight, cuz u know what happened last time overseas.

      • Last time overseas the Americans had a dismal showing, going 1-3-1 in group play and tying LATVIA. They finished in 8th…

  2. The article was spot on, but it took me about four minutes to get past the picture to read it. HOLY HELL!!!

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    • The whole thing is great. Thanks for stopping by :)

      St. Louis is the perfect plug and play option here and couldn’t agree more with Justin’s analysis.

      I can’t imagine those legs are comfortable to live with.

  4. His legs don’t even look HUMAN.

  5. Do you put him with Crosby? I think he’d be a great fit as a fellow hockey IQ mensa member.

  6. The whole Stamkos issue was a debacle from the start & poorly played by PrettyBoy Yzerman. He should never have been selected especially since he was on the injury report with a serious leg fracture. Even he healed in time, he still didn’t have actual playing time on the ice in live games.

    PrettyBoy rolled the dice but got lucky with 7′s.

  7. Does anyone know how well he did in Torino? The whole team seemed to suck so I’ve blotted it from my memory.

  8. Sorry, but I can’t be convinced this guy gives us a better chance to win than Giroux. I know it’s the popular pick and I will be pulling for Marty just the same… but how do we all forget that Giroux completely outplayed the best player in the world, plus Malkin over 6 games last time he was in the playoffs? Maybe the problem here is that the best player in the world hasn’t forgot and Canada does what he wants.

    • Sorry but I have to add that it’s a “joke”, which is word Crosby loves to use, that goddam Kunitz makes our national team while Giroux and several other far better players sit on their asses.

  9. Wooooooo!

    F-ck Peter Chiarelli! (…. if you want St Louis, then take Marchand instead because he’s just like St Louis and I want to mess up the team to make a point… waaah… I wanted Lucic to make it… listen to me complain through the reporters who owe me for prior leaks)

    Fuck Kevin Lowe! (Taylor… waaah…. Waaah… but Taylor Hall)

    St Louis did everything he could possibly do to earn a spot on the team, and he did it without any favours granted.

  10. Since Stamkos went down on Nov 11, Marty’s linemates have been undrafted rookie C Tyler Johnson (17-18-35) who’s in second place behind Colorado’s Nate MacKinnon (42 pts.) in the Calder Race, and rookie LW Ondrej Palat (11-20-31) NHL’s Rookie of the Month (most points) for January.

    Need I say more? He’s playing with two green kids and still has 25G, 29A and is a +16…AND he’s 38 years old? If that doesn’t just scream “elite”, well…whatever. No way this was a pity selection. The man is money.

    • I agree that M SL makes those kids look good, but if you read Johnson’s history, he has won at every level, and the only reason he went undrafted is that he was too small-a guy who M SL can totally identify with. They both have the high IQ and drive, and when Johnson develops those M SL legs…. Look Out!

  11. St. Louis played his way onto that roster, and maybe Bobby Ryan will learn something.

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