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PASS: Now a five-time Olympian, Timonen remains Finland's top defensive option.
With 24 Olympic contests under his belt, he will be looked upon to provide leadership for a Finnish group looking to medal for the third straight time.
At 38 years old, Timonen is still Finland's top two-way defender and will play in virtually every situation. What's more, the 5'10", 195-pound blueliner must use his exceptional hockey sense to not only keep goals off the board for the opposition, but to help produce them for his side.
An even rating won't be good enough for Timonen. He needs to be a plus skater and will need to add to the 11 points already on his Olympic resume.
FAIL: Finland's defense corps is the biggest weakness on a roster with medal aspirations.
Joni Pitkanen, Toni Lydman and Sami Salo are the only other NHL regulars set to suit up for the Finns, which emphasizes just how important Timonen truly is.
The Olympic veteran can't afford to be average. If age catches up with the 38-year-old blueliner, Finland could be in serious trouble.
Physicality isn't usually a huge component of international play, but should Finland get locked in a rough-and-tumble battle with one of the other contenders, Timonen's undersized frame and lack of physicality could be exposed.