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Wings, Blues, and Blackhawks tops with 10 Olympic participants

Jan 7, 2014, 3:58 PM EDT

Jonathan Toews #19 and Patrick Kane #88 of the Chicago Blackhawks talk in a break from Game Five of the Western Conference Quarterfinals against the Phoenix Coyotes during the 2012 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at Arena on April 21, 2012 in Glendale, Arizona. The Blackhawks defeated the Coyotes 2-1 in overtime.
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Courtesy our outstanding NHL on NBC research team, here’s an Excel spreadsheet listing all 30 teams and the players who’ve been invited to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

As you can see, the Red Wings, Blues and Blackhawks each have 10 players going over. No team has more than that.

Meanwhile, the Flames, Panthers, Oilers, Senators, and Predators each have two players going over. No team has fewer than that.

If there’s an angle to discuss here, it may be the benefit of rest for a playoff run. Not that the Blackhawks had any trouble with Olympic fatigue in 2010, but might a team like the San Jose Sharks receive an energy advantage with key players like Joe Thornton, Logan Couture and Dan Boyle getting passed over by Canada?

Related: Here are all 12 Olympic hockey rosters for Sochi

  1. joey4id - Jan 7, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    Very fitting that these three teams have the most players. Detroit has for a long time been one of the best draft teams in the league. STL and CHI have a lot of depth in their current line up and organization.

  2. gbfb88 - Jan 7, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Dallas has 3 players going. Kari Lehtonen (Finland), Jamie Benn (Canada), and Val Nichushkin (Russia).

  3. jhaegs - Jan 7, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Haha Army made it for management too. Attaboy Doug! LGB

  4. esracerx46 - Jan 7, 2014 at 7:13 PM

    Hawks should have had 12. Saad and Seabrook being the omissions. Oh well, let em rest.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:40 AM

      Fully agree on Saad over Brown. Saad plays on whatever line asked, skates well, passes well, goes to the net/corners. Has more goals than Brown has points, 2 1/2 x better shooting %. I’m confident of this as I’ve looked at the stats (both Ryan and Saad being passed for Brown. Makes no sense. Hope Team USA has not suck to the level of wanting him for his exceptional skill in making take outs look like accidents.

      Seabrook I don’t have time tonight to review statistically (got to get some sleep). But looking at who was chosen, looks like a judgement call. SOmeone really good and at the level of 1st or 2nd pair on likely every other team had to be left off (Team USA excepted, as Bylsma got to guys who are decent and he’s comfortable with, not necessarily our best, and les suited for the international game/ice.

      In my humble opinion of course;)

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:41 AM

      And looking at how Seabrook was tiring last season, I’m glad for the Hawks sake he was omitted.

    • endusersolutions2013 - Jan 8, 2014 at 3:42 AM

      Saad also represented a profound lesser risk of being suspend for the tournament vs. D. Brown.

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