Several Bruins likely to be Olympians in 2014


David Krejci during 2010 Olympics in Vancouver

It may be only July, but it’s never too early to look ahead. This being especially true when it’s in regard to Olympic hockey. Come February, all eyes around the globe will be fixated on Sochi, as the NHL’s elite will be representing their respective countries in one of the finest and most honorable tournaments.

When looking over the Boston Bruins roster from top to bottom, several players have a legitimate chance of making the trip to Russia. Some guaranteed selections are Zdeno Chara, Dennis Seidenberg, David Krejci and Loui Eriksson.

Zdeno Chara is by far the most talented Slovak in the NHL and will anchor Slovakia’s blue line and captain his squad come tourney time. Slovakia nearly orchestrated an upset of Canada in 2010. Boston’s other lockdown defenseman, Dennis Seidenberg, will bolster Germany’s defensive corps nicely. His steady play and physicality makes him an obvious selection.

Loui Eriksson has represented Sweden in the past and will once again dawn the yellow and blue in 2014. Eriksson is one of many ultra-talented Swedes slated to make the trip. He’ll provide nice depth to a team who will likely be a favorite to medal heading into play.

David Krejci’s stellar play over the past couple of seasons makes him a lock to represent the Czech Republic. Many skilled offensive players, including Jaromir Jagr, his boyhood idol, will surround Krejci. The Czech’s could turn some heads if Krejci is able to post points in bunches like he did for the Bruins this past playoff go around.

Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand, and Patrice Bergeron all seem like sensible Olympic picks, the only problem is they are vying for a spot on Team Canada. Canada is loaded with flashy, speedy, offensive juggernauts.

Lucic would offer up an imposing presence in an enforcer type role for the Canadians. Bergeron would bring overall stability in all three zones, while Marchand could really open up play with his speed on a bigger sheet.

It’s likely Canada will opt for a run-n-gun type style of hockey. Guys like Steven Stamkos, Taylor Hall, Claude Giroux and Jordan Eberle could get the nod over them.

Never the less, they still have a legitimate shot of making the team, as all three were invited to Canada’s orientation camp, running from August 25-28.

Then there’s Tuukka Rask. Rask seems like a no brain selection for Team Finland who is transitioning away from an older goaltender tandem. Though the Fins have arguably the best goaltender crop in the world.

Niklas Backstrom, Kari Lehtonen, Antti Niemi and Pecca Rinne will all be battling for spots along with Rask. Finland undoubtedly has a difficult choice ahead of them, boasting a handful of top-tier net minders.

In respects to the Bruins off the ice, Peter Chiarelli was named an advisor to Team Canada. Claude Julien will coach Canada in an assistant coach role.

The Winter Olympics will run from February 7 through February 23.

Frank O’Laughlin – Senior NHL Contributor – TitleTown Sports Network

Follow along with Frank on Twitter: @BruinsHub


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