Team Canada decided not to wait to announce Tyler Seguin‘s replacement for the 2016 World Cup of Hockey, tabbing Ryan O'Reilly as the guy.
As you’d expect from the powerhouse hockey nation, Canada had plenty of great choices to sift through, ranging from the more rugged (Wayne Simmonds?) to the sort of talented player who was drafted before Seguin (Taylor Hall).
O’Reilly is a fine choice, if stylistically quite different from Seguin.
O'Reilly is smarter 200-foot player. But slow out of gate. Hall is a possession driver, fast, can score. Doubling down on IQ, ignoring speed
P.K. Subban seems primed to be a great, great fit for the Nashville Predators.
It’s still a little mind-blowing to realize that the trade actually happened, though.
Tuesday presented the latest reminder of that reality, as Subban geared up for the 2016-17 season by skating with his new teammates for the first time. Despite the considerable talent on hand in Nashville, it’s interesting that the team notes the presence of “almost every NHL regular in attendance.”
Aside from a Filip Forsberg here and a Pekka Rinne there, quite a few key Predators aren’t involved in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey. Subban, of course, stands as the most glaring omission.
That’s not such a bad thing for the Predators, as it gives their new star more time to get acclimated and means that he’ll deal with less exposure to injury risks. Subban notes that he doesn’t skate too often during the off-season, so this is a useful tune-up overall.
Seriously though, it’s still a little weird to see Subban in a Predators jersey:
Earlier in the night, Kypreos indicated that he would be out week-to-week, but he updated it to more of a 7-10 day window. That’s good news for the Dallas Stars, but not so much for Canada.
If this report is accurate, then Canada will have some time to figure out a replacement. During that same Sportsnet intermission report, Elliotte Friedman notes that they have 24 hours until the tournament begins to bring someone else in.