The most feebly represented country on the Chicago Blackhawks roster would be that of Finland. The current go-to goalie for the Blackhawks is none other than Antti Raanta, who is understandably projected to represent his homeland in the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Finland is aiming to become the first nation to win four medals since NHL players were allowed to participate in Olympic competition starting in 1998. These chances are weakened when you take into consideration the depth that permeates the rosters of competing nations.
With that being said, Finland does actually have an impressive goalie situation, but whether or not Antti Raanta will be a part of that equation is questionable at this point. The three projected players have amazing stats starting off with Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins, who lost to the Blackhawks in the Stanley Cup Finals last season. Rask is undoubtedly an incredible goalie as well as the likes of the other two contenders, Peeka Rinne and Antti Niemi.
Comparing all four of these Finish netminders yields strikingly similar statistics which would understandably make the decision of who goes to Sochi incredibly difficult. These are all three incredibly talented goalies, and that is the trouble with being a netminder — there is only room for a limited quantity.
So, will Antti Raanta be sporting a Finish sweater when the Winter Games roll into Sochi? Only time will tell. Raanta currently sits with a 9-1-3 record on the season in the NHL leaving him with more game time experience than Peeka Rinne (4-4-1) for the Nashville Predators. Raanta’s goals against average just recently took a hit after the Blackhawks’ loss to the St. Louis Blues a few nights ago and sits at 2.38 which is still impressive and just shortly behind his fellow Finish netminders.
Overall, these four players are incredibly talented between the posts. Only time will tell as to if Raanta will get to represent his country between the posts or not. He certainly has the talent and consistency to do so, and hopefully he will get the wonderful opportunity.