It’s time for a Canadian team hoist the Stanley Cup.
Canada has been experiencing a drought. The last time the title of ‘Stanley Cup Champions’ was held by a Canadian team was in 1993, by the Montreal Canadiens. The Vancouver Canucks made it to the cup final in 2011, but they lost to the Boston Bruins.
This year Canada celebrates it’s 150th Birthday. What a better way to celebrate than by bringing the cup back to Canada. Hockey is big part of our National identity. Even Canadians who don’t watch hockey on a regular basis will agree that Hockey is an important source of National pride.
So, which Canadian teams are likely to make the playoffs; and in turn, which teams are good enough to win it all? I would say the last Canadian team to lift the cup, the Montreal Canadiens. They’ve had a few missteps lately, but if they can stay healthy, they are legitimate cup contenders.
The only other Canadian teams that I think may be positioned to make a run at the cup are the Ottawa Senators and the Edmonton Oilers. Although I think the Oilers could win the first round of the playoffs and maybe even the second round, I’m not completely sold on them yet. McDavid is a game changer, Draisaital is becoming the player everyone though he would be, and Talbot has been solid in net, but I still think they have some holes to fill. As for the Sens, they still rely too much on the goaltending and I think all those shots against could be their undoing.
You’re probably surprised that I didn’t have the Leafs in the conversation. I may be a fan but I’m realistic. I think they’ll make the playoffs, but I don’t think they’ll make a lot of noise. That okay, their time will come, sooner than you think.
It’s our country’s birthday and I want a cup, or at the very least, a Canadian team to cheer on deep into the playoffs this year. Come on guys, make it happen.