We have informally completed the “it’s too early to speculate” phase of the 2022 Olympic roster talk. With less than three months to go before the Beijing Winter Olympics, the International Ice Federation requires the men’s hockey team to submit their final list in early January.
This means that any marginal player that may be considered on the roster approximately five weeks after the start of this NHL season is definitely worth discussing. Which stocks soared in the early days?
Troy Terry, RW, United States
Take a sip of coffee, read the top of the NHL score list carefully, and then… “Drassetl, McDavid, Ovickin, Kuznetsov… (threw up) Terry! ?
Yes, Terry, who has entered this season, has entered the season with 9.5 goals and 30.5 points per 82 games. He scored 11 in the first 15 games with the Anaheim Ducks this season. The explosive growth of goals and 20 points was interrupted by a positive scoring record in 14 games, which means that his first game of the 2021-22 season was the only time he was excluded from the scoring list. .
The Americans plan to have a deep blue line, strong goalkeepers and an enviable group of power forwards who can score goals (Auston Matthews, Max Pacioretty, Kyle Connor, etc.) and hit heavy goals (Tkachuk brothers). The silky Terry will provide a volatile organization/goal scoring element that complements the top six forwards that Patrick Kane and Johnny Gaudlow will bring.
Could Terry replace older roster candidates such as Joe Pavelsky or TJ Oshie? Much depends on whether Terry has broken the “long list” of 50 American skaters submitted in October. He may have a reason: he has become a folk hero of American hockey, and scored the gold medal in the penalty shootout of the 2017 World Junior Championships.
Lucas Raymond, RW, Sweden
In the game alone, the super smart Raymond appeared to be part of the Olympians. It’s just a question of whether the top Swedish leaders think he is ready. He is the mainstay of the WJC, but has not yet participated in the World Championships. If Sweden’s general manager John Gapenlov appoints Raymond to join the Beijing team, it will be a good show. It will mean the elimination of a safe, high-level veteran, such as Ricard Laker or Victor A. Widson.
It is worth mentioning that Sweden did not avoid young people in its last Olympic adventure with NHL athletes. Gabriel Landeskog was 21 years old and Oliver Ekman-Larsson was 22 years old. However, Raymond was still a baby face when he was 19 years old. Garpenlov was asked about Raymond in late October, and his comments indicated that Raymond may not be on the long list of 50 people in Sweden. Or maybe Garpenlov just lowered his expectations for the prospect of being on the roster but not the locked-in prospect of the team.
Zach Hyman, LW, Canada
Canada has an amazing history of draft picks at the Olympics, dating back to Rob Zamuner in 1998. This is not to say that Hyman is a Zamuner-level talent, but choosing him means passing on a group of more skilled players-anyone from Mark Scheifele to Mathew Barzal. Nonetheless, from a chemistry point of view, it might make sense for Hyman to join the team, not only because he was in tune with Connor McDavid in Edmonton, but also because Hyman was previously in Toronto with Mickey Horse. Nano has had a chemical reaction.
Canada played Jay Bouwmeester with Alex Pietrangelo and Chris Kunitz with Sidney Crosby at the 2014 Sochi Olympics, and Jake Muzzin with Drew Doughty at the 2016 World Cup, so Hyman’s draft is not the first time Canada is a priority Players who have history with each other.
Jesse Puljujarvi, RW, Finland
Five years ago, when Puljujarvi was the prospect of the 2016 elite draft, anyone would have predicted that he would be the mainstay of the Finnish Olympic team in 2022. However, the slow start of his NHL career, trade requests and return to Finland cast a shadow over his future. But since rejoining the Oilers in the 2020-21 season, he has begun to realize his potential, and now he has found a home for magic in McDavey’s team.
“The King of Bison” has grown up and learned to use his special combination of size, speed and skills to become a force around the net. The Finnish team has a lot of star power, but it should have a home that belongs to Puljujarvi. He finished fourth in league scoring in the 2019-20 season, allowing his compatriots to observe his talent up close.
Carter Hart, G, Canada
In a nightmarish 2020-21 campaign, the usually neurotic Hart collapsed. Among the 43 network administrators who played 1,000 minutes or more in 5 vs. 5 last season, he ranked last in the NHL, saving more than average goals per 60 minutes. This season? Among the 57 goalkeepers who have played 100 minutes so far, he ranks sixth in the GSAA/60. Despite facing higher quality opportunities in the Philadelphia Flyers’ efforts to protect his defense, he has found his best form, and given his elite pedigree before the defeat last season, it’s fair to call it an anomaly last season. .
Hart landing on the radar is important because if Carey Price decides not to participate in the competition and Marc-Andre Fleury cannot find a suitable location, it will provide Canada with options. At least, Hart is third with Jordan Binnington, Darcy Kuemper and Mackenzie Blackwood. A month ago, Hart and Blackwood were on the periphery of the Sixers, but their performance has narrowed the gap.
Prize risers: Carey Price, Canada; Jack Eichel, United States
Price and Eichel do not meet the purpose of this exercise, which is to determine which people’s performance helped them win the Olympics, but it is undeniable that the situation of Price and Eichel has improved in the past few weeks.
Price rejoined the Montreal Canadiens after participating in the NHL Player Assistance Program for most of October. In theory, he could do well when Canadian general manager Doug Armstrong chooses his team about two months later. Competition preparation. The new Vegas Golden Knight Eichel finally underwent his disk replacement surgery, and its recovery timetable would take about three months. It is risky for Vegas to send him to Beijing to play for the US team, but on the other hand, the Olympic Games can double as a “preseason” to help him find his sea leg in time to participate in the NHL stretch run.