Final Grades for Philadelphia Flyers Players in the 2014 Winter Olympics

Brad KurtzbergContributor IFebruary 24, 2014

Final Grades for Philadelphia Flyers Players in the 2014 Winter Olympics

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    The Flyers sent five players to the Olympics, including Jakub Voracek.
    The Flyers sent five players to the Olympics, including Jakub Voracek.Quinn Rooney/Getty Images

    Well, the Olympics are over and the Philadelphia Flyers and the rest of the NHL are set to resume play this week.

    The Flyers sent five players to Sochi to represent their respective countries. Here is a look at how each of those five players did at the Olympics.

    Grades are determined by a combination of individual performance and how well the player's team did during the Olympics, with the personal performance being more important.

    The expectations entering the Olympics for both the player and his country are also taken into consideration.

    Feel free to comment on any of these grades, but as always, indicate why you feel the way you do.

Andrej Meszaros

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    Andrej Meszaros represented Slovakia in Sochi.
    Andrej Meszaros represented Slovakia in Sochi.Martin Rose/Getty Images

    Andrej Meszaros played for Slovakia at Sochi earlier this month.

    The defenseman failed to register a point in four games at the Olympics and accumulated six penalty minutes.

    The Slovaks were eliminated in the qualification round.

    This is the third time Meszaros has represented Slovakia at the Olympics. Neither Meszaros nor Slovakia exceeded expectations.

    Grade: C+

Michael Raffl

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    Michael Raffl played hard for Austria.
    Michael Raffl played hard for Austria.Julio Cortez/Associated Press

    Michael Raffl scored one goal and three points in four games for Austria at Sochi.

    The Austrians were considered a long shot entering the Olympics and were eliminated in the qualification round of the tournament.

    Raffl did benefit from playing on the larger, international-sized rinks. He was able to use his speed to his advantage.

    This was the first time Raffl represented his country at the Olympics. It is likely the Flyers' rookie returns again in four years.

    Grade: B-

Mark Streit

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    Mark Streit was one of Switzerland's leaders on and off the ice.
    Mark Streit was one of Switzerland's leaders on and off the ice.Martin Rose/Getty Images

    Mark Streit provided leadership for Switzerland while participating in his third Olympics in Sochi.

    The alternate captain and veteran defenseman picked up one assist while accumulating two penalty minutes.

    The Swiss were eliminated in the qualification round again, although they played well defensively as a team in their first few games, and Streit was a contributor to that success.

    This was by far the least productive Streit has has been at the Olympics. He picked up three points in both 2006 and 2010.

    Grade: C+

Kimmo Timonen

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    Kimmo Timonen is the only Flyers' player to medal in Sochi.
    Kimmo Timonen is the only Flyers' player to medal in Sochi.David J. Phillip/Associated Press

    Kimmo Timonen represented Finland for the fifth and probably the final time at the Sochi Olympics.

    He was also the only Flyers player at the 2014 Games to win a medal. Timonen and his Finnish teammates captured the bronze. It is the fourth medal of Timonen's Olympic career. He has now won a silver medal and three bronze.

    Again, Timonen seemed to benefit offensively from the larger ice surface at the Olympics.

    In six games at Sochi, Timonen picked up two assists. His experience and leadership were big reasons why Finland was so successful at these Games.

    Grade: B+

Jakub Voracek

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    Jakub Voracek represented the Czech Republic.
    Jakub Voracek represented the Czech Republic.Mark Humphrey/Associated Press

    Jakub Voracek represented the Czech Republic for the first time at the Olympics after previously playing for his country in the World Juniors and the World Championships.

    Voracek helped his country reach the quarterfinal round. He scored one goal and added one assist in five games at Sochi while committing one minor penalty.

    The Czechs were disappointed by their finish, although it was right about where most experts predicted them to finish.

    Voracek's performance was not outstanding, but he wasn't horrible, either.

    Grade: C+