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Which Boston Bruins Could Be Headed to the Olympics in Sochi?

July 21st, 2013 at 11:13 AM
By Tim ODonnell

When the announcement came last week that the NHL was allowing it's players to participate in the Olympics, speculation instantly turned to who would be on the rosters. The Boston Bruins could be well represented in Sochi with players that are almost guaranteed to make their respective country teams and others that have a chance.

Zdeno Chara – There is no way Slovakia goes to the Olympics without Chara. He is arguably the best Slovakian player (Marian Hossa is a close second) and will anchor their defense while also most likely serving as captain again. In 2010, Chara helped Slovakia come very close to beating Canada and in 2012 Slovakia finished second in the World Championships.

Tuukka Rask – The job of starting goaltender for Finalnd will come down to Rask and Pekka Rinne. Whoever doesn't start will be the backup. At this point, Rask has to be seen as the favorite after his performance in the 2013 playoffs. It'll be interesting to see who eventually wins the starting job.

Patrice Bergeron – Bergeron was a member of the 2010 Canadian team that won gold but there seems to be some doubt as to if he will be a part of the team again. He's one of the best, if not the best, two-way center in the NHL and wins around 60% of his faceoffs. Having a guy like Bergeron on a team will only make it better. But if Canada wants a high flying, high scoring team Bergeron might be left off in favor of guys like Steven Stamkos, Claude Giroux or Taylor Hall.

David Krejci – After being named the best Czech hockey player in the world, it's almost impossible that Krejci will not be a member of the Olympic team. His performance in the 2011 and 2013 playoffs certainly proves the he deserves to be included next to the likes Jaromir Jagr.

Loui Eriksson – Eriksson won't be part of the top line for Sweden with the Sedin twins and Daniel Alfredsson around but he will provide some depth scoring. He's been playing internationally for Sweden since 2003 and there's no reason to think that he won't be again. He had four points in four games in the 2010 Olympics and should again be very productive for Sweden.

Jarome Iginla – Iginla is not the Iginla of years ago and might lose his spot on the Canadian team. While he can still produce, it's not at the levels is once was. Team Canada's management could decide to go with some younger players but Iginla could still be a part of the team if they want some elder leadership.

Carl Soderberg – Soderberg has been one of the best Swedes that wasn't in the NHL for some time now but his decision to leave Sweden for the NHL might hurt his chances of playing in Sochi. Soderberg decided to come to Boston instead of playing for Sweden in the World Championships. He might have to prove himself again if he wants to play in Sochi.

Milan Lucic – Lucic was invited to Canada's training camp in 2009 but ultimately didn't make the team. It might be the same case this year as the bigger Olympic rinks aren't really suited for his style of play. But you never know. If Lucic impresses enough, he just might get a shot at playing in Sochi.

Brad Marchand – Like Lucic, Marchand is a long shot to make the Canadian team. But again, it all comes down to how Canada's management wants to build the team. Having a pest who can score like Marchand could be an asset. Plus his speed could be put to use on the Olympic size rinks.

photo credit: Fotagenic via photopin cc

Tags: Boston, Boston Bruins, Brad Marchand, Carl Soderberg, David Krejci, Hockey, Jarome Iginla, Loui Eriksson, Milan Lucic, NHL, Patrice Bergeron, Tuukka Rask, Zdeno Chara

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