10 NHL Players Currently Watching the 2014 Olympics Who Should Be Playing

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10 NHL Players Currently Watching the 2014 Olympics Who Should Be Playing
ALEXANDER ZEMLIANICHENKO/Associated Press

Which teams made roster selections that could cost them dearly? Whether it's USA's Bobby Ryan, Sweden's blue line or the Czech Republic's entire roster, there are certain alternative choices that could have made all the difference. Which selection committees are the most likely to have post-Olympic regrets?

Looking at the weaknesses of the various Olympic teams, we looked for unselected players that would have best addressed them.

Situations where there was a great player available but without a corresponding weakness to fill were ignored. While the Americans left their best goalies at home, like Cory Schneider and Ben Bishop for example, they're not suffering for it.

Instead the focus is on which teams left players at home (or in the press box) that could have helped address either their early struggles or likely upcoming challenges. More specifically, this list is composed of players who would have changed the complexion of their teams and increased their chances of reaching the podium. Let's begin.

 

Olympic statistics sourced from Extra Skater. All other advanced NHL statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.

 

 

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