September 27, 2013; Raleigh, NC, USA; Carolina Hurricanes left wing Jiri Tlusty (19) carries the puck against the Buffalo Sabres at PNC Center. The Hurricanes defeated the Sabres 1-0. Mandatory Credit: James Guillory-USA TODAY Sports

Jiri Tlusty Left Off Czech Republic Olympic Team

The Czech Republic announced its Olympic team today and Jiri Tlusty was left off the tentative roster for the 2014 Winter Olympics.

I really don’t want to call this a snubbing to be honest. Tlusty is not having a good season and the Czechs have a decent roster at forwards. There are some odd calls like Petr Nedved and Jiri Novotny, but the NHL players that were picked to represent all deserve a spot on the team over Tlusty.

Factor in that Jiri Hudler was also not chosen and Tlusty’s absence doesn’t seem that bad.

Last season, it appeared Tlusty would be a lock after his first 20-goal season and finishing fifth in the league in goals scored, but things have gone much different this year, which has included a fourth-line demotion and a healthy scratch for Tlusty.

But this could be a good thing for the Hurricane forward. He could use this as motivation in the second half and get back to where he was last season.

Every player wants to represent his country, especially at the Olympics, and for that reason I feel bad for Tlusty, but he hasn’t done enough this year to earn a spot on the roster. Unfortunately for the 25-year-old, the Czech Republic team probably made the right choice here.

Check out the full Czech Republic roster here.

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