Being selected to represent one's country at the Olympics is among the highest honors for a hockey player, especially those who play in the NHL. They represent the very best players their respective countries have produced. A number of factors went into the selection for their respective Olympic teams. Among them was their performance leading up to, and including, this NHL season.
The recent performances of several NHL players heading to Sochi is raising concerns about their effectiveness when they join their respective Olympic teams. Three notable goaltenders are battling inconsistency. Several forwards known for their offensive skills are struggling to score. For others, age or lack of confidence have adversely affected their play.
Here's a look at 10 slumping players in need of a wake-up call if they're to be effective for their respective teams at the Sochi Olympics.