On Monday, Cardiac Cane looked at the forwards that could represent their native countries in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Today we’ll look at the defensemen and goaltenders that stand a chance.
Joni Pitkanen: The 29-year-old veteran played for his native Finland in the 2010 Olympics and was invited to their training camp this summer. Pitkanen stands a great chance of making Finland’s team and could be their power-play quarterback during the tournament.
Justin Faulk: The United States has plenty of options on defense and Faulk will have to impress during the nation’s training camp and in the first half of the season to beat out other players. However, he already has the attention of U.S. G.M. David Poile after the World Championships. If he does make the team, he would be a serviceable bottom-pairing defenseman or a seventh option.
Andrej Sekera: The Slovak represented Slovakia in the 2010 Olympics and figures to do the same in the 2014 games. Slovakia has little depth at forward, but could have four or five NHL defensemen on their roster, which Sekera figures to be a part of. He’ll bring his steady defensive play to a defense that features a good amount of offensive defensemen.
Cam Ward: He may not have been invited to Team Canada’s training camp, but don’t completely rule out Ward yet. The Canadian goalies are shaky in net. It’s possible Roberto Luongo doesn’t play well in his returned starting role and Corey Crawford may go back to his inconsistent play we saw before last year, while Ward could use the snub to energize him and prove something next season. It’s not likely, but there’s always a possibility.