Predicting San Jose Sharks in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics

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Predicting San Jose Sharks in 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics
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Joe Pavelski was one of six San Jose Sharks to receive an invitation to his nation's Olympic camp.

Once the NHL and its players (NHLPA) were able to confirm the best talent would be representing all nations in the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, many of us tried our hands at projecting the teams and finishes.

The various hockey committees had already done their work. When they were able to make their selections official, six San Jose Sharks made the list.

Team USA invited Joe Pavelski, and Team Finland Antti Niemi. Team Canada opted to add Marc-Edouard Vlasic and Logan Couture to its 2010 invitees Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle, but it left Patrick Marleau off the roster.

Surprisingly, no Sharks are a given to make their respective teams. Canada is so deep everywhere that an off-year or even off-camp could result in being left off. Finland is that deep at goalie, and even Team USA's need for centers does not ensure that four are not playing better in 2013-14.

Outside of what hardware they do or not carry home in the link above, this slideshow predicts how many games those who make their teams will play and how they'll perform.

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