Despite a large snub on the United States Olympic Team, the Tampa Bay Lightning roster is full of Olympic talent preparing for the Sochi games. The Bolts have a few question marks left in limbo until the official announcements are made. Assuming the Lightning players are on the rosters, there are some big roles that these Bolts could play in the Olympics.
The exclusion of goaltender Ben Bishop brought out some heated opinions. Players like Martin St. Louis and even Steven Stamkos could also miss the Olympics for various reasons, which would cut into the Bolts' showing.
Assuming best case for all of the Lightning players in the mix, Tampa Bay could become a focal point of the hockey world come mid-February. Here is a list of the players in the mix for the Olympics and the roles they could possibly play for their respective nations.
Most final rosters will be announced on Jan. 7, including Team Canada.