2010 Winter Olympics Hockey: Anaheim Hopefuls

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Welcome to the Anaheim edition of SBN's look at the Olympic roster hopefuls across the NHL.  Site Managers were provided with the following rubric, but as the resident noob, your blogger is the only one who will likely take them seriously.

"Pack Your Bags"
"Nearly A Lock"
"Fairly Safe Bet"
"In A Battle"
"Work To Do"
"Moving Up"
"Moving Down"

 

TEAM USA

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Bobby RyanUs_newjercy_medium

#9 / Right Wing

6-2

208

Mar 17, 1987



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Bobby Ryan 21 9 6 15 1 14 4 0 0 0 69 13.0

"Nearly A Lock"

The Cherry Hill native has plenty of skill, but he's also developed a physical game, giving him the blue collar credibility that Brian Burke wants on this year's squad.  Then again, the Team USA GM has made the decision to cut Ryan on more than one occasion.

 


Ryan WhitneyUs_massachusset_medium

#19 / Defenseman

6-4

219

Feb 19, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Whitney 21 2 8 10 0 22 2 0 0 0 32 6.3

"Nearly A Lock"

Whitney was just one of a handful of 6'3"/6'4" defensemen at Orientation Camp, but the Boston-born defender has proven himself an ice-time gormandizer with the Ducks and should be a steady force on the red, white and blue line. 

 

 

 

TEAM CANADA

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Ryan GetzlafF_saskatch_medium<mce:script type=

#15 / Center

6-4

221

May 10, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Ryan Getzlaf 21 3 22 25 3 29 2 0 0 0 43 7.0

"Pack Your Bags"

The Regina-bred centerman missed Orientation Camp after offseason hernia surgery, but he has looked tip-top opening the year in Anaheim.  Canada will need his directly proportional size and skill up the middle.

 


Scott NiedermayerF_alberta_medium

# 27 / Defenseman

6-1

195

Aug 31, 1973



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Scott Niedermayer 21 2 12 14 -4 6 2 0 1 0 53 3.8

"Pack Your Bags"

Already packed.

 


Corey PerryF_ontario_medium

#10 / Right Wing

6-3

209

May 16, 1985



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Corey Perry 21 13 14 27 4 24 2 1 0 0 71 18.3

"Moving Up"

After a game with the Ducks, Sidney Crosby noted how impressed he was with the Peterborough product, who faked out the Penguins captain on more than one occasion.  Perry's dominant performance so far this season makes him a contender for a spot at finisher, but Stevie Y may opt to go older in his final spots, even though he's generally noted a willingness to bring a young squad to Vancouver.

 

 

 

TEAM FINLAND

 

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Saku KoivuTurku_city_fl_medium

#11 / Center

5-10

182

Nov 23, 1974



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Saku Koivu 16 2 7 9 -1 14 1 0 0 0 31 6.5

"Pack Your Bags" 

The stat sheet doesn't bear out Koivu's return to form, nor does a nagging lower body injury that sidelined him this month, but the Turku native has been the Ducks' most consistent player while playing almost two more minutes of ice time per game than he did in his last year in Montreal.

 


Petteri Nokelainen97px-imatra

#17 / Center

6-1

191

Jan 16, 1986



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Petteri Nokelainen 16 1 1 2 -4 8 0 0 0 0 18 5.6

"Moving Up"

Finland's camp this year was all about theory and gelling as teammates.  That could be an advantage for the Imatra-bred Nokelainen, who has proven his value as a versatile role player with the Ducks .



Teemu Selänne   Flag_of_helsinki

#8 / Right Wing

6-0

200

Jul 03, 1970



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Teemu Selänne 21 11 4 15 -8 12 5 0 2 0 61 18.0

"Pack Your Bags"

On pace for a 40 goal season, the sheen isn't fading from Helsinki's second Finnish Flash, and Selänne has no doubt been waiting for this day since he bitterly claimed the Silver in Turin.

 

 

 

TEAM SWITZERLAND

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Jonas Hiller120px-flag_of_canton_of_thurgau

#1 / Goalie

6-2

193

Feb 12, 1982



GP MIN W L T EGA GA GAA SA SV SV% SO
2009 - Jonas Hiller 17 933 7 8 47 3.02 517 470 .909 1

"Pack Your Bags"

Cut in favor of Martin Gerber and David Aebischer four years ago, Hiller is dedicated to making the roster this time around.  And after his playoff performance against the Sharks last year, the Felben Wellhausen product is the favorite to man the plumbing for the Swiss.

 

 

 

TEAM RUSSIA

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Евгений АртюхинF1565_moscow_obl_medium
(Evgeny Artyukhin)    

#24 / Right Wing

6-5

270

Apr 04, 1983



GP G A P +/- PIM PPG SHG GWG GTG SOG PCT
2009 - Evgeny Artyukhin 18 2 0 2 -3 27 0 0 0 0 13 15.4

"In A Battle"

His raw tools (size, speed and snarl) got him an invite to the team's Olympic camp, and a slightly slow hockey sense may be the only thing that could keep the Moscow-born mammoth from the final roster.

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