The 2022 Bejing Olympic games start in February and NHL players have not participated in the Olympic games since 2014 where the Canadian men stole gold from Sweeden. That team featured the likes of Sidney Crosby, Jonathan Toews, Jeff Carter, and Roberto Luongo. The 2018 bronze medal Canadian featured Mason Raymond, Derek Roy, and Maxim Lapierre which is quite the drop-off in talent. So what Canadian stars are locks for the Bejing 2022 Olympics? Let us dive into that question.
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Yes, undoubtedly the 34-year-old two-time Olympic gold medal hockey player Sidney Crosby is a lock for Canada’s roster. Not only a lock for the roster Crosby will most likely dawn the C in Bejing. The 2010 gold medal hero has not only a fantastic hockey resume but an Olympic one also. Competing in two separate Olympic games (2010 and 2014) Crosby has totaled 13 games played five goals and five assists, including an overtime golden goal heard all around in Canada at the Vancouver 2010 winter games. Although Crosby is not the young workhorse he used to be and could now be considered a chiseled veteran on the ice he will still be a top player on not only Canada’s roster but the whole tournament. Crosby was one of the first three players to be announced a part of Team Canada.
Arguably, or not the best hockey player in the world Connor McDavid will suit up for his first Olympic games come February with team Canada. The young 24-year-old superstar was one of many celebrating Crosby’s golden goal back in 2010 wishing one day to dawn the maple leaf on their chest at the Olympic’s. Come February 2022 Oilers’ superstar Connor McDavid will get his chance to take the world by storm (yet again) but this time at the biggest international stage. No arguments have to be made for McDavid to represent Canada in Bejing, or even be the man manning the middle of their top line. McDavid like Crosby has already been announced as a member of the team.
The third and final early roster announced player is Alex Pietrangelo of the Vegas Golden Knights, therefore making him a lock. Even without the early announcement, Pietrangelo would be a lock. He is a constant NHL all-star as well as a key member of the 2014 gold medal-winning Canadian team, he is also one of the if not the only defenceman from the 2014 squad that has gotten better and not lost his step since the last time NHL players took the ice at the Olympic Games.
Nathan Mackinnon was the first overall selection back in the 2013 NHL entry draft. He also just missed the cut for the 2014 Canadian Olympic team, but in 2022 things are different being a top NHL talent and possibly the perfect linemate for McDavid Mackinnon is almost guaranteed a spot on Canada’s roster at the 2022 Bejing Olympic games. MacKinnon has represented Canada at various international tournaments. Tournaments such as the World Juinor Championships and the World Hockey Championships. As a superstar of Mackinnon’s caliber and having past international experience he is for sure a lock to dawn red and white in Bejing.
36-year-old Marc-Andre Fleury is by far the most experienced goaltender available for Canada. Especially with Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price out dealing with some personal problems. Without Price Team, Canada needs a proven goaltender to backstop them in their quest for gold and look no further than the current Vezina Award winner. Although Fleury has had a rocky 2022 campaign thus far he is backstopping and Chicago Blackhawks which is currently in shambles. Other options for Canada are young goaltenders Jordan Binnington and Carter Hart who have both proven to be shaky at times which is the last thing Canada needs when they play teams like the USA, Russia, Sweden, and Finland. As long as Price is not in the picture Fluery is definitely a lock for Team Canada, if Price makes his return soon we will revisit this idea.
Making 40 saves to deliver his @NHLBlackhawks a 1-0 victory over the Canucks on Sunday night in Vancouver, Marc-Andre Fleury recorded his 497th career (regular season) win. With 206 of those coming in road games, he now sits tied behind just 1 goalie on this all-time list pic.twitter.com/gmht8aZJBQ
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Last but not least, one of the NHL’s up-and-coming superstars, Cale Makar. Makar is just 23-years-old and is pretty much guaranteed to be playing in his first Olympic Games come February. I mean unless you have been living under a rock for the past three years you should agree. 113 NHL games played 107 points and top 10 in Norris voting two years (likely 3 years) in a row just shows 2022 will be one of many Olympic Games for the Avalanche star blueliner.
Canada Taking Shape
Canada is taking shape. Already with the likes of Mcdavid, Crosby, and Pietrangelo Canada is looking to avenge their 2018 Bronze medal with a dominant gold medal performance in 2022. Add the of Mackinnon, Fleury, and Makar Canada is starting to look like one of the best teams they have sent to the Olympic’s in decades. Gear up Canada we are in for a show.
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