There were a couple of layers in 2006 who went overseas to Turin, Italy to play for their countries and try to win gold. Overall the experience was bad because our amazing starting goaltender at the time, Dominik Hasek got injured and never played in a Sens uniform again. But this time our goalies are expected to be watchign the Vancouver Olympics from home. However, here are some players that could make their countries’ teams.
Jason Spezza- 8 points (0-8)
Spezza barely made Canada’s invitee Olympic Camp and he’s up against the odds to even make the team. In 2006 he was on the taxi sqaud but this year the competition is stiffer, especially since Canada has a lot of centres. However, it’s duly noted he has no goals this season and is fighting some sort of injury, but his defensive game has improved drastically.
Daniel Alfredsson- 16 points (5-11)
There is no way the Great Alfie will not make Team Sweden, and it’s expected he and Nicklas Lidstrom will be the leaders of the team. Alfredsson has had a great start to the season and I think he can lead Tre Konor to the gold once again.
Alexei Kovalev- 5 points (4-1)
Even though he hasn’t had the best of starts, he will make Team Russia because of his all-world skill and the possible chemistry between him and Alexander Ovechkin if Evgeni Malkin plays with Ilya Kovalchuk. Russia has a deep pool of talent and are Canada’s No.1 threat for gold.
Jarkko Ruutu- 7 points (4-3)
Ruutu will likely make Finland’s team also. He was on the 3rd line in Turin and is expected to fill that role as well. Let’s hope he falls on Crosby again.
Milan Michalek- 8 points (6-2)
Michalek has a good chance to make Team Czech Republic with his strong start. He didn’t play in Turin but let’s hope he gets the good draw this time.
Filip Kuba- 3 points (0-3)
Kuba played in 06 for the Czechs and will be expected to be CR leading defenseman in Vancouver. He should play with Marek Zidlicky on the first pairing, so that shall be a treat to watch.