Olympic team predictions from 1998

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  1. JackFr

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    I just found "Total Hockey - The Official NHL Encyclopedia", released before the 1998-99 season. In one of the sections, it predicts the Olympic teams for both 2002 and 2006.

    Canada:

    2002

    Martin Brodeur
    Chris Osgood
    Felix Potvin

    Rob Blake
    Chris Pronger
    Adam Foote
    Scott Niedermayer
    Darryl Sydor
    Ed Jovanovski
    Kyle McLaren

    Paul Kariya
    Eric Lindros
    Joe Sakic
    Keith Primeau
    Brendan Shanahan
    Trevor Linden
    Jeff Friesen
    Ryan Smyth
    Jarome Iginla
    Eric Daze
    Kris Draper
    Mike Peca
    Rob Niedermayer

    2006

    Martin Brodeur
    Marc Denis
    Roberto Luongo

    Chris Pronger
    Scott Niedermayer
    Kyle McLaren
    Ed Jovanovski
    Eric Brewer
    Richard Jackman
    Derek Morris

    Paul Kariya
    Eric Lindros
    Jeff Friesen
    Mike Peca
    Jarome Iginla
    Ryan Smyth
    Eric Daze
    Joe Thornton
    Brendan Morrison
    Rob Niedermayer
    Vincent Lecavalier
    Rico Fata
    Chris Gratton

    USA:

    2002:

    Mike Richter
    Mike Dunham
    Guy Hebert

    Derian Hatcher
    Bryan Berard
    Brian Leetch
    Mathieu Schneider
    Scott Lachance
    Paul Mara
    Deron Quint

    Keith Tkachuk
    Doug Weight
    Bill Guerin
    Jeremy Roenick
    Tony Amonte
    Adam Deadmarsh
    John LeClair
    Jamie Langenbrunner
    Steve Konowalchuk
    Bryan Smolinski
    Mike Modano
    Bill Lindsay
    Todd Marchant

    2006:

    Jim Carey
    Brian Boucher
    Jean-Marc Pelletier

    Derian Hatcher
    Bryan Berard
    Scott Lachance
    Paul Mara
    Nik Tselios
    Mike McBain
    Brad Winchester

    Keith Tkachuk
    Jamie Langenbrunner
    Steve Konowalchuk
    Adam Deadmarsh
    Brian Rolston
    David Legwand
    Erik Rasmussen
    Matt Cullen
    Tim Connolly
    Ty Jones
    Chris Drury
    Marty Reasoner
    Scott Gomez

    Thought it was interesting.
     
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    Chris Gratton missing in 2002 and nominated for 2006 seems interesting to me.
     
  3. JackFr

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    Just how much of a bust was Rico Fata?
     
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    I've known for years this thread would be coming one day.
     
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    US Goalies from 2006 look ridiculous
     
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    Bolded correct preditions
    Kyle McLaren and Rico Fata? :facepalm:

    2002

    Martin Brodeur
    Chris Osgood
    Felix Potvin

    Rob Blake
    Chris Pronger

    Adam Foote
    Scott Niedermayer
    Darryl Sydor
    Ed Jovanovski
    Kyle McLaren

    Paul Kariya
    Eric Lindros
    Joe Sakic

    Keith Primeau
    Brendan Shanahan
    Trevor Linden
    Jeff Friesen
    Ryan Smyth
    Jarome Iginla
    Eric Daze
    Kris Draper
    Mike Peca
    Rob Niedermayer

    2006

    Martin Brodeur
    Marc Denis
    Roberto Luongo

    Chris Pronger
    Scott Niedermayer
    Kyle McLaren
    Ed Jovanovski
    Eric Brewer
    Richard Jackman
    Derek Morris

    Paul Kariya
    Eric Lindros
    Jeff Friesen
    Mike Peca
    Jarome Iginla
    Ryan Smyth
    Eric Daze
    Joe Thornton
    Brendan Morrison
    Rob Niedermayer
    Vincent Lecavalier
    Rico Fata
    Chris Gratton
     
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    Foote was there in 2002 too.
     
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    I know at least Nieds was on the 06 team but was injured. Possibly more.

    Also, I love these ancient predictions.
     
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    As funny as it to see Rico Fata on the Olympic team, I am pretty surprised at how many names this list did get correct for Canada. Maybe I am doubting my own abilities, but I don't think I'd be able to come up with seven correct names for the 2020 Olympics (if the NHL is playing). As Eric Lindros shows, even the biggest stars of today have no guarantee of being there.

    I also haven't heard of some of the U.S. players.
     
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    Those forwards would have been weak for Canada in 2002. I mean Friesen, Linden, Draper and Rob Niedermayer? Yikes.

    Someone asked about Rico Fata. Yeah he was highly touted around that time. His speed was something to behold, just by watching him at that time I wouldn't be shocked at all if he'd have been faster than anyone else in the NHL at the time - this includes Bure. But there was one problem with him, his head didn't match his feet. On his draft day the Flames picked him up and on the big screen the scouting report on him said "great wheels, limited hockey sense" or along those lines. Kind of funny when you think about it now but this just goes to show you how important hockey sense will take you in the NHL even if you aren't as fast as the wind (John Tavares).

    I noticed this when watching him a lot too whether it was in junior or in the NHL. The puck would always get caught in his skates, or he'd just take the puck and skate with it not being aware of his teammates. He wasn't a great passer either. Eventually you just figure a teenager is awkward and it's a stage he'll grow out of but it never happened.
     
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    [email protected] Jones. Def wrong on that. It is hard to predict Olympic teams so far in the future though...
     
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    lol rico fata. who the **** is nik tsleios?
     
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    Chris Chelios' distant cousin.
    Not joking.
     
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    I remember THN draft preview that year with him. His family kept the traditional Greek spelling of the last name.
     
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    I burst out laughing at Rico Fata.
     
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    I remember a 1995 THN article of him when he was 15. He really was supposed to be the next big thing.
     

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