The 2014 Winter Olympics are just around the corner, and after last year’s thrilling conclusion to an eventful hockey tournament, fans from all over the globe are highly anticipating another dominant display of worldwide competition. With players from all over the NHL headed to Sochi, it’s time to take a look at the potential players that could be headed over from the Philadelphia Flyers.
The Flyers are a team full of talent. They’re one of just a handful of teams in the league with at least five players on pace to score 20+ goals this season, but not all five of the golden goal scorers could be making the trip. There’s really only two guys on the squad that are clear cut shoo-ins.
Claude Giroux is a superstar in this league, contrary to what some may think. Last year was a crazy season for everyone, and he got off to a slow start this year. However, he’s been one of the most consistent players in the league over the past month. Giroux has posted 10 goals and 25 helpers thus far, and while that may not be quite enough to earn him a top line spot on Team Canada, he definitely has earned himself a position on the team.
Jakub Voracek is another guy who has been consistent for the Flyers since the beginning of the year; he’s an incredibly young and smart hockey player. The Czech Republic is a team that is always iffy when it comes time for the tournament, but he is, without a doubt, the second best player on the orange and black. With talent for the Czech Republic’s team thinner compared to other countries, look for him to be a top line guy headed into the tournament.
Wayne Simmonds, Matt Read, Brayden Schenn and Vincent Lecavalier are all bubble guys for Team Canada. They’re posting great numbers as far as production, but with so much Canadian talent to choose from, their odds of getting in aren’t as good as Giroux’s.
Erik Gustafsson is another guy that could sneak his way into playing at Sochi. Sweden is another team that’s loaded with talent throughout the league, but Gustafsson is one of the few genuine and complete defenseman that is currently playing out of Sweden. He has a shot, so don’t count him out either.
Regardless of who makes it to Sochi, this year’s tournament is shaping up to be the most exciting one to date.