With the NHL agreement in place to send players to the Olympics, there could be a lot of Detroit Red Wing players heading to Sochi next year.
Below we breakdown which players could be representing their country in the Olympics next season.
Sweden – Daniel Alfredsson, Henrik Zetterberg, Johan Franzen, and Niklas Kronwall are all locks to be on team Sweden. Johnathan Ericsson could also be selected to play on the team, but more than likely he will be in a reserve role and not a first choice.
Youngsters, Calle Jarnkrok and Gustav Nyquist could be on the short list to make the team as well, but more than likely they will not make their debuts in next years Olympic Games.
Russia – Pavel Datsyuk. Do we really have to go over why he will definitely be on Russia’s team for the Olympics? I did not think so.
U.S.A. – Jimmy Howard, Justin Abdelkader, and Danny DeKeyser have all be invited to Team USA’s camp. With the amount of depth that Team USA has though, I believe that only Howard has a legitimate shot at making Team USA’s roster.
Czech Republic – Jakub Kindl and Petr Mrazek could both be heading to Sochi. Mrazek was on the Czech’s World Championship roster last year and Kindl has greatly improved this year and because of that could find himself added to the roster.
Slovakia – Tomas Tatar played for Slovakia in two previous World Championships and will probably be representing the team for the first time in next year Olympics.
Finland – Teemu Pulkkinen is another youngster who could make his Olympic debut. Pulkkinen played on two World Junior Championship teams for Finland, but it will be a tough road for him to make the Olympic roster.
Canada – Mike Babcock will be coaching team Canada once again, but no Red Wing players will be travelling along with him.