Bleacher report named 10 Blackhawks that could be fixing to have a big impact on the Sochi Olympics.
1. Patrick Kane, America:
Bleacher Report called Kane one of the most dangerous players overall for the American side, especially on a line with Zach Parise and Ryan Kesler. Bleacher Report thinks that last year’s Conn Smythe trophy winner could dominate on the worlds biggest stage.
2. Jonathan Toews, Canada:
Bleacher Report called The Captain the best all around player on the Hawks, a fact which is hard to argue, and said he could play the same role for Team Canada. He is a play maker and will do whatever it takes to win, and this will make him a great asset for team Canada
3. Duncan Keith, Canada:
Duncan Keith has returned to the glory of his 2009-10 season that saw him take home the Norris Trophy, says Bleacher Report. On top of that, he is a power on the offensive side as well, with a plus six during ice time and six assists in his last Olympic outing
4. Marion Hossa, Slovakia:
3 time Olympic veteran already with crazy stats (25 points!), Hossa is a physical presence and a work horse on the ice, need we say more?
5. Patrick Sharp, Canada:
Our brothers too the north could field a great line with this years Blackhawks. He was not on the last Olympic team but scored 11 points in 17 games for the Canadians in the World Championships
6. Corey Crawford, Canada:
Crawford has one more Stanley Cup more than any of the other goalies in consideration for the Olympic team. He has no prior experience and does not have the pedegree of Roberto Luongo, but the cup is sure a strong argument in his favor.
7. Niklas Hjalmarsson, Sweden:
Not the biggest name on the Hawks, but the Hammer knows how to play hockey. He may not be a top four defender for the Swedes, but he can fill whatever role they need him to on the defensive side.
8. Johnny Oduya, Sweden
Bleacher Report thinks that the linemates could be on the same line for the Swedes. He and the Hammer play well together. He could be the X-factor in the Sochi Games
9. Brent Seabrook, Canada
While he could be a risky pick for Team Canada, Seabrook delivers in the clutch, scoring overtime goals in the playoffs against the Wings and the Bruins. Bleacher Report thinks he has a very high ceiling for the Canadians
10. Marcus Kruger, Sweden
While he has no previous experience in the Olympics, Kruger has played for Sweden in the previous two World Championships. He has proven to be an adept penalty killer and could be considered for the team because of his will to win.
There you have it. Bleacher Report’s ten Blackhawks they think could make an impact on the 2014 Olympics.