Ducks in Sochi: Checking Up On Anaheim's Representatives Thus Far

Streeter Lecka

With one more day of pool play still to come, let's take a look at how each of our Anaheim Ducks representatives are faring in this year's Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Cam Fowler (D, United States) 1G, 0A, 1P, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, +2, 15:50 Avg. TOI

The lone Anaheim Ducks representative for Team USA has been one of the best defensemen for his country this tournament, despite being rumored to be the US scratch for the first game. Fowler scored the first goal for the United States in their huge 3-2 shootout victory over the host nation Russia. Cam played 17:56 in the win, including a good chunk of time on the power play with Ryan Suter and Kevin Shattenkirk.

Fowler was held scoreless in the USA's 7-1 stomping of Slovakia, but finished a +2.

Ryan Getzlaf (C, Canada) 1G, 2A, 3P, 2 PIM, 4 SOG, +3, 13:05 Avg. TOI

Ryan Getzlaf has been spectacular on the third line for the Canadians. Despite being initially called upon to serve as an energy line role due to the size and physicality he and linemate Corey Perry bring, Getzlaf scored a shorthanded goal and added an assist in Canada's 6-0 trouncing of Austria. He also notched an assist on Drew Doughty's goal against Norway in their first game of the tournament. Getzlaf is seeing a good amount of time as a penalty killer for Canada, a testament to what we've come to know of him in Anaheim.

Corey Perry (F, Canada) 0G, 1A, 1P, 0 PIM, 4 SOG, +2, 13:59 Avg. TOI

Perry has also been having a wonderful tournament for Canada thus far. After being held scoreless in 13:24 of ice time against Norway, Perry rebounded against Austria with a beautiful assist on Shea Weber's goal. Perry knocked the puck out of midair with one hand on his stick before dishing a sweet drop pass that Weber rocketed home.

Teemu Selanne (F, Finland) 1G, 1A, 2P, 2 PIM, 5 SOG, +2, 11:31 Avg. TOI

Teemu Selanne registered an assist, but suffered an upper-body injury in their first game vs. Austria, and did not return for the remainder of the game. The injury was apparently not too serious, however as Selanne returned for their second game vs. Norway and scored a goal, his 23rd Olympic goal of his career. Selanne will face teammates Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf when Finland finishes their pool play against Canada on Sunday, with the winner claiming an automatic bye to the quarterfinals.

Sami Vatanen (D, Finland) 0G, 4A, 4P, 0 PIM, 2 SOG, +2, 18:04 Avg TOI

Sami Vatanen's inclusion in the Finnish squad was seen by many as an example of how shallow the Finns are on defense. Vatanen has clearly proven them wrong as he has been the nation's best defenseman by a country mile. Rather quietly, Vatanen has put up four assists and a +2 rating. Three of those assists came in the Finns trouncing of Austria in their first game, and the fourth came on Ducks teammate Teemu Selanne's goal vs. Norway. Despite the Finns losing a massive chunk of their offensive firepower to injuries before the tournament even began, Vatanen has made up for it by pushing the offense himself and at one point sitting atop the entire tournament's scoring race.

Jonas Hiller (G, Switzerland) 2-0-0, 0.00 GAA, 1.000 Sv%, 2SO

Jonas Hiller is really proving himself as the goalie who scares Canadian analyst Don Cherry. Switzerland is proving to be exactly what we here at AC predicted them to be: a low-scoring defensive stalwart, and Jonas Hiller has been a huge part of that, posting back-to-back shutouts over Latvia and the Czech Republic. Hiller did not play in Switzerland's lone loss to Sweden, as Calgary's Reto Berra put in a brilliant performance of his own, limiting the Swedes to just one goal against. Switzerland cannot claim the final bye into the quarterfinals, but expect them to get a very favorable matchup in the play-in round.

Jakob Silfverberg (F, Sweden) 0G, 1A, 1P, 0PIM, 2 SOG, +/1, 9:25 Avg. TOI

Jakob Silfverberg is also done with his three pool-play games, as Sweden sealed their bye to the quarterfinals with a 5-3 win over Latvia. Silfverberg did not do much for Sweden through their first two games, playing less than five minutes in both of them. With the injury to Henrik Zetterberg, Silfverberg's role increased and he notched an assist on Jimmie Ericsson's power play goal in the second period of their final round-robin game. His ice time also took a significant jump, as he played 11:53 in the win.

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