CDN Olympic management — Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli — scheduled to be in TOR tonight to see/scout ANA @ TOR.—
Bob McKenzie (@TSNBobMcKenzie) October 22, 2013
Scouts show up in press boxes every night around the NHL, and while guessing why they’re there is a time-honored tradition, it’s hardly news.
Unless, of course, those scouts are from Team Canada. And they show up in the Center of the Hockey Universe.
With both Steve Yzerman and Peter Chiarelli set to be at the Air Canada Centre for tonight’s Toronto vs. Anaheim tilt, it’s fair to speculate on who they came to see.
The Ducks boast two players who will be in the Sochi mix: forwards Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf.
Getzlaf might be in tough because of Canada’s embarrassment of riches at center, but he
has 18 goals in 58 points in his last 52 games and brings an imposing presence to the position. Perry is a natural winger and a pure sniper, a quality Yzerman has said he’ll prioritize after Canada’s offense failed to click in Torino.
The two obviously have great chemistry, something that might enhance their value as a two-fer given the lack of practice time before the Winter Games. Slide someone like Taylor Hall on their left flank and you’d have a quick, dangerous, physically imposing third line that would cause the opposition fits.