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07:41 AM ET 12.26 | To make a late case for Sochi, the time is now. The first date circled on the new 2014 calendar for many Canadian fans is January 7 when the roster of Canada's Olympic hockey team will be announced. There are six Edmonton Oilers games between now and then. The recommendation here, if you are looking for a compelling reason to watch this already-out-of-the-playoffs team, watch Taylor Hall in those games. And that goes for Steve Yzerman and the management group of Canada's Olympic hockey team, too. Until the last game before the Christmas break, few were mentioning the name of Taylor Hall as a Team Canada candidate. But Hall has been making himself worthy of being a late entry as a candidate to earn left wing spot on the team.

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December 26, 2013  09:59 AM ET

Good luck kid.

December 26, 2013  10:01 AM ET

WGAF?

December 26, 2013  10:38 AM ET
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WGAF?

IMNSHO He might:)

December 26, 2013  10:48 AM ET
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Good luck kid.

If the Oilers want that 1st overall pick in next year's draft, they better hope he goes to the O-lame-picks. They'll put him on IR with an undisclosed body injury when he comes back and ... voila!

December 26, 2013  10:58 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

IMNSHO He might:)

Isn't Kevin Lowe involved somehow? If he is, I'd recommend they take Dubnyk instead. :-)

December 26, 2013  11:38 AM ET
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If the Oilers want that 1st overall pick in next year's draft, they better hope he goes to the O-lame-picks. They'll put him on IR with an undisclosed body injury when he comes back and ... voila!

1st pick overrated sometimes, but a good scout is worth his weight in gold.

December 26, 2013  12:21 PM ET

In other wordly news, Russia and Canada rolled today in the WJC.

December 26, 2013  12:23 PM ET

Check out the coach of the Edmonton Oilers ...

December 26, 2013  12:25 PM ET

This is what he does before Oilers games ....

December 26, 2013  12:27 PM ET

And, this is what he does after the games ....

December 26, 2013  12:37 PM ET

And, this is what he does to get ready for hockey TV interviews ....

December 26, 2013  01:00 PM ET

And, here he is ... at his best ...

December 26, 2013  01:38 PM ET

Like I said in October - the jury's still out on whether this guy's game will ever be ready - his big problem is that he likes to run all over the place and look like he's really putting out, instead of playing his position and doing the basic things well, like gaining position when he makes contact, if, he does (he should try watching Gallagher - he does alot more things properly) - all the young guys are getting solid assists for a position from the veterans like Nash, Heatley. I'm saying Penner gets the nod (keep the line together, thinking) and a busload of centers, once again - the Yzerman effect - all for naught this time, however.

December 26, 2013  02:54 PM ET

Kinda lost in the Yakupov foo-fur was the skate-by punch by him to Pavelich's head, when they were already up 5-2, obviously someone told Gadzic to jump anyone that even looked at sweet Nail. Maybe this'll light some fire in the Jets - other-wise it's cooked goose time right across the prairies.

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December 26, 2013  03:28 PM ET
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I took a solid look at the potential rosters for the Olympic teams and Team Canada has by far the deepest team........its theirs to lose....i'd be absolutely shocked if they arent playing for the Gold Medal........Silver at worst for Canada but im fully expecting GOLD.

WJC>Ooooooohlimpbiscuits

December 26, 2013  04:03 PM ET
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WJC>Ooooooohlimpbiscuits

Bandwagonclimber.

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