Milan Lucic is Canadian. He is eligible to play for the Canadian national team in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The question is, can Lucic be effective in the Olympic game? The ice is bigger, the game is faster and it’s more finesse. Lucic is the definition of all power and no finesse. It is no secret that Lucic has had a tremendous start to the 2013-14 season for the Boston Bruins. He may very well be the team’s Most Valuable Player when it’s all said and done. The guy has done everything that has been asked of him. He has scored goals, made space for more skilled players, and dropped the gloves when he needed to be.
Lucic currently has 12 goals, 16 assists, and 28 points. Lucic is currently a +12 and has 37 penalty minutes. Can that translate to the Olympic game? Canada is going to be one of the most skilled teams in the tournament. Players like Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, John Tavares and Joe Thornton are going to take up most of the ice time. Each one of those players is better with the puck than Lucic and has better vision and hands. Lucic does, however, have one trait that could benefit team Canada.
Can you imagine Milan Lucic creating space for Sidney Crosby? How dangerous could Crosby be with extended time and space? Crosby is already the best player in the world. Lucic could provide Canada production with out having the puck. Lucic is a workhorse. His ability to forecheck is unparalleled. If he is paired with players like Toews, Tavares or Crosby, all of whom can anticipate the play before it happens, it could be a dangerous combination.
It’s a long shot for Lucic to make the team. However, I think he offers something intangible that Canada could very well use.