“I’m going to be honest with you, Hamhuis and P.K. don’t really have a chance” – Mike Babcock, who likes his three pairs on defence
— Арпон Басу (@ArponBasu) February 17, 2014
Hamhuis started the tournament as one of Canada’s two extra defencemen and has managed to draw into two of the three preliminary games as the seventh defenceman.
He played 9:52 in Canada’s first game against Norway last Thursday, was scratched against Austria on Friday, and then played again on Sunday against Finland—logging only 3:58.
In 2010, Los Angeles Kings defenceman Drew Doughty started the tournament as the team’s seventh defenceman, but played his way into the top-six and replaced Brent Seabrook on the pairing with Duncan Keith. Many Canucks fans were hoping Hamhuis would be able to accomplish a similar feat.
It is unknown if Hamhuis will play in Wednesday’s quarterfinal against, which will be against either Switzerland or Latvia. Canada will announce their starting goaltender on Tuesday and scratches on Wednesday.
Babcock will announce starting goalie for quarterfinal on Tues and the scratches on Wed morning.
— Tim Wharnsby (@WharnsbyCBC) February 17, 2014