With just under 2 years to go until the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, ProSportsBlogging.com will run a 6-part feature that will identify the hockey players that will likely represent their respective countries at the Olympic Games. The 6 hockey super powers to be covered include Canada, Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden and USA.
Today’s featured country: FINLAND
2010 Result: Bronze Medal
Projected returning players: 11 (6F, 5D)
FINLAND’S PROJECTED 2014 OLYMPIC ROSTER
J. Jokinen – M. Koivu – T. Selanne
V. Leino – O. Jokinen – T. Ruutu
S. Bergenheim – V. Filppula – L. Korpikoski
M. Granlund – S. Koivu – J. Armia
FORWARDS: Saku Koivu and Teemu Selanne make their final appearances ever representing Finland at the Olympics. The lineup consists of hard working 2 way forwards, but is very limited offensively. Wild prospect Mikael Granlund and Sabres prospect Joel Armia will both make the team.
K. Timonen – S. Salo
T. Lydman – J. Pitkanen
S. Lepisto – S. Vatanen
DEFENSE: While Finland’s D boasts a bunch of good skaters and puck movers, they are an older group and noticeably undersized. The lack of depth will provide a good opportunity for Ducks prospect Sami Vatanen to crack the lineup.
GOALIES: The strength of Finland is in goal. Pekka Rinne is one of the best in the world at his position and he is expected to be the starter. Rask and Lehtonen are both extremely good backups; while both Backstrom and Kiprusoff will be left off due to their age.
About the Author
Written by Corey Krakower
I am the Director of NHL Content & Habs writer for ProSportsBlogging.com; I have spent 8 seasons behind the bench as a minor hockey coach; and I am the future GM of the Montreal Canadiens (according to my mom). I spend my days managing the Harrow Sports brand in my hometown of Montreal and I moonlight as a Hockey Advisor for Pi Athlete Management. Most importantly, I'll throw anyone under the bus for a laugh.