With Olympic hockey just over a week away, NHL fans and players are getting set for an all-star international tournament. If the entertainment value is anywhere near the level of what we witnessed in Vancouver in 2010, we’re in for a treat, as the Vancouver tournament was some of the most compelling hockey ever played.
You’d expect the NHL’s top teams to be the best represented at the Olympics, and indeed, of the 10 teams with the most Olympians, six are among the top 10 in league standings. And of those 10, all but one team (Detroit) are in the top half of league standings. Here’s the top 10 teams with the most athletes heading to Sochi.
T-9. LOS ANGELES KINGS (6 players)
The Olympians: Drew Doughty (CAN), Jeff Carter (CAN), Slava Voynov (RUS), Anze Kopitar (Slovenia), Jonathan Quick (U.S.), Dustin Brown (U.S.).
T-9. TAMPA BAY LIGHTNING (6)
The Olympians: Steven Stamkos (CAN), Radko Gudas (CZE), Ondrej Palat (CZE), Sami Salo (FIN), Valtteri Filppula (FIN), Richard Panik (SVK).
T-5. ANAHEIM DUCKS (7)
The Olympians: Ryan Getzlaf (CAN), Corey Perry (CAN), Sami Vatanen (FIN), Teemu Selanne (FIN), Jakob Silfverberg (SWE), Jonas Hiller (Switzerland), Cam Fowler (U.S.).
T-5. NEW YORK RANGERS (7)
The Olympians: Rick Nash (CAN), Mats Zuccarello (NOR), Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) Carl Hagelin (SWE), Ryan McDonagh (U.S.), Ryan Callahan (U.S.), Derek Stepan (U.S.).
T-5. PITTSBURGH PENGUINS (7)
The Olympians: Sidney Crosby (CAN), Chris Kunitz (CAN), Olli Maatta (FIN), Jussi Jokinen (FIN), Evgeni Malkin (RUS), Paul Martin (U.S.), Brooks Orpik (U.S.).
T-5. VANCOUVER CANUCKS (7)
The Olympians: Roberto Luongo (CAN), Dan Hamhuis (CAN), Alexander Edler (SWE), Daniel Sedin (SWE), Henrik Sedin (SWE), Yannick Weber (Switzerland), Ryan Kesler (U.S.).
4. MONTREAL CANADIENS (8)
The Olympians: Carey Price (CAN), P.K. Subban (CAN), Tomas Plekanec (CZE), Andrei Markov (RUS), Alexei Emelin (RUS), Peter Budaj (SVK), Rafael Diaz (SUI), Max Pacioretty (U.S.).
T-2. DETROIT RED WINGS (9)
The Olympians: Pavel Datsyuk (RUS), Tomas Jurco (SVK), Tomas Tatar (SVK), Jonas Gustavsson (SWE), Jonathan Ericsson (SWE), Niklas Kronwall (SWE), Daniel Alfredsson (SWE), Henrik Zetterberg (SWE), Jimmy Howard (U.S.). *Johan Franzen was selected, but won’t participate because of injury
T-2. ST. LOUIS BLUES (9)
The Olympians: Jay Bouwmeester (CAN), Alex Pietrangelo (CAN), Vladimir Tarasenko (RUS), Jaroslav Halak (SVK), Patrik Berglund (SWE), Alexander Steen (SWE), Kevin Shattenkirk (U.S.), David Backes (U.S.), T.J. Oshie (U.S.). *Vladimir Sobotka was selected, but won’t participate because of injury
1. CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS (10)
The Olympians: Duncan Keith (CAN), Jonathan Toews (CAN), F Patrick Sharp (CAN), D Michal Rozsival (CZE), Michal Handzus (SVK), Marian Hossa (SVK), Niklas Hjalmarsson (SWE), Johnny Oduya (SWE), Marcus Kruger (SWE), Patrick Kane (U.S.).