With Tuesday’s announcement of the Canadian Olympic men’s ice hockey team, we now have an idea of all of the power players who will be on the ice in Sochi, Russia, this February. Among those players are four members of the Colorado Avalanche—Paul Stastny, Gabriel Landeskog, Matt Duchene and Semyon Varlamov.
It’s an impressive Olympic turnout for a squad that has greatly surprised the NHL with its performance this year. But unlike their day jobs, where all four players have significant roles in making Colorado a day-to-day contender, the four Avs will have wildly different roles in Russia.
Here are some thoughts on how each player might slot into their respective countries’ lineups.