It's orientation week for many of the hockey nations going to Sochi in 2014 so
let's take a look at the potential rosters for the upcoming Olympic tournament.
The host nation will not only have the pressure on them to win gold, but they'll have the pressure of rebounding from a disappointing 6th place finish in Vancouver. In 2010, the Russians brought 9 non-NHLers with them to the Olympics and and bowed out in the quarterfinals after a 7-3 loss to Canada. The KHLers they brought in 2010 were former NHLers and this time around you know they'll be bringing their absolute best. Always dangerous with so an abundance of raw talent, the Russians biggest boost could be in the crease with Sergei Bobrovsky emerging as one of the best goaltenders in the NHL this past season.
Let's take a look at who they're bringing to camp:
GoaliesKonstantin Barulin, Sergei Bobrovsky, Vasily Koschechkin, Evgeni Nabokov, Semyon Varlamov
DefensemenEvgeny Biryukov, Denis Denisov, Alexei Emelin, Sergei Gonchar, Andrei Markov, Evgeny Medvedev, Nikita Nikitin, Ilya Nikulin, Evgeny Ryasensky, Fedor Tyutin, Anton Volchenkov, Slava Voynov
ForwardsArtem Anisimov, Pavel Datsyuk, Denis Kokarev, Ilya Kovalchuk, Nikolai Kulemin, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Evgeni Malkin, Alex Ovechkin, Alexander Perezhogin, Alexander Popov, Alexander Radulov, Alexander Semin, Vadim Shipachev, Vladimir Tarasenko, Alexei Tereshchenko, Viktor Tikhonov, Mikhail Varnakov, Nail Yakupov
Here's our Team Russia prediction for Sochi:
Ilya Kovalchuk - Evgeni Malkin - Alexander Ovechkin
Vladimir Taraensko - Pavel Datsyuk - Alexander Radulov
Nikolai Kulemin - Artem Anisimov - Alexander Semin
Nail Yakupov - Viktor Tikhonov - Evgeny Kuznetsov
Andrei Markov - Sergei Gonchar
Alexei Emelin - Slava Voynow
Anton Volchenkov - Evgeny Medvedev