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About Group B - 02-11-14

Written by Seth Rorabaugh on .

The following is a brief preview of the the men's teams in Group B of the Olympic tournament.

Note: Each player is listed with their team, league (with what country that league is based in) and statistics in previous Olympic, IIHF World Championships, World Cup and Canada Cup tournaments combined:


Austria

Previous Olympics: 12th place - 2002, Salt Lake City.

Best Olympic Finish: 6th place - 1928, St. Moritz.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
5 Thomas Raffl Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL - Austria) 6 2-2-4
10 Daniel Oberkofler EHC Linz (EBEL - Austria) 7 1-1-2
12 Michael Raffl Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) 12 2-2-4
14 Andreas Nodl Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL - Austria) 4 0-1-1
15 Manuel Latusa Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL - Austria) 11 1-1-2
18 Thomas Koch KAC Klagenfurt (EBEL - Austria) 36 7-8-15
20 Daniel Welser Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL - Austria) 36 6-5-11
25 Matthias Iberer EHC Linz (EBEL - Austria) 7 1-1-2
26 Thomas Vanek New York Islanders (NHL) 19 7-10-17
27 Thomas Hundertpfund Timrå IK (SHL - Sweden) 13 0-6-6
40 Michael Grabner New York Islanders (NHL) 7 1-1-2
77 Brian Lebler EHC Linz (EBEL - Austria) - -
89 Raphael Herburger (above) EHC Biel (NLA - Switzlerand) 7 1-0-1
91 Oliver Setzinger Lausanne HC (NLA - Switzerland) 52 9-9-18

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
4 Gerhard Unterluggauer VSV Villach (EBEL - Austria) 86 13-7-20
7 Stefan Ulmer HC Lugano (NLA - Switzerland) - -
22 Thomas Pock KAC Klagenfurt (EBEL - Austria) 32 2-5-7
41 Mario Altmann VSV Villach (EBEL - Austria) 16 1-1-2
51 Mathias Trattnig Red Bull Salzburg (EBEL - Austria) 64 7-12-19
55 Robert Lukas EHC Linz (EBEL - Austria) 48 5-9-14
64 Andre Lakos Vienna Capitals (EBEL - Austria) 59 8-8-16

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
24 Mathias Lange Iserlohn Roosters (DEL - Germany) - - -
29 Bernhard Starkbaum Brynäs Gävle (SHL - Sweden) 7 2-5 .890
30 Rene Swette KAC Klagenfurt (EBEL - Austria) 1 0-0 .400

Current or former Penguins: None.

Olympic Medalists: None.

What we like about Austria: Forwards. There is a surprising amount of NHL talent in this group between Vanek, Grabner and Michael Raffl.

What we don't like about Austria: Defense and goaltending. Little of that talent translates to these positions.

EN's Prediction: Ninth place. Austria has some talent but not nearly enough to compete with the big boys in this tournament.


 Canada

Previous Olympics:  Gold medal - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Gold medal - 2010, Vancouver; 2002, Salt Lake City; 1952, Olso; 1948, St. Moritz; 1932, Lake Placid; 1928, St. Moritz; 1924, Chamonix; 1920, Antwerp.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
9 Matt Duchene Colorado Avalanche (NHL) 22 8-4-12
10 Patrick Sharp Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 17 4-7-11
12 Patrick Marleau San Jose Sharks (NHL) 39 7-14-21
14 Chris Kunitz Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) 9 2-5-7
15 Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 24 8-22-30
16 Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 25 5-15-20
20 John Tavares New York Islanders (NHL) 22 16-9-25
22 Jamie Benn Dallas Stars (NHL) 8 3-2-5
24 Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 22 9-9-18
26 Martin St. Louis Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) 30 10-22-32
37 Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins (NHL) 25 7-9-16
61 Rick Nash New York Rangers (NHL) 47 25-25-50
77 Jeff Carter Los Angeles Kings (NHL) 9 4-2-6
87 Sidney Crosby (above) Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) 16 12-11-23

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
2 Duncan Keith Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) 24 1-18-19
5 Dan Hamhuis Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 39 5-10-15
6 Shea Weber Nashville Predators (NHL) 22 7-13-20
8 Drew Doughty Los Angeles Kings (NHL) 16 1-8-9
19 Jay Bouwmeester St. Louis Blues (NHL) 45 5-7-12
27 Alex Pietrangelo St. Louis Blues (NHL) 7 2-3-5
44 Marc-Edouard Vlasic San Jose Sharks (NHL) 7 0-0-0
76 P.K. Subban Montreal Canadiens (NHL) 1 0-0-0

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
1 Roberto Luongo Vancouver Canucks (NHL) 23 13-2 .925
31 Carey Price Montreal Canadiens (NHL) - - -
41 Mike Smith Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) 4 2-2 .944

Current or former Penguins: Crosby, Kunitz.

Olympic Medalists: Doughty, Bergeron, Crosby, Getzlaf, Keith, Luongo, Marleau, Nash, Perry, Toews, Weber (Gold medal - 2010, Vancouver).

What we like about Canada: Everything. There isn't a better team on paper in this tournament. This squad is stacked at every position.

What we don't like about Canada: Goaltending. There are question marks about all three of this team's goaltenders.

EN's Prediction: Fourth place. We have doubts that Canada's goaltending can match up with the elite goaltending other medal contenders have in net.


Finland

Previous Olympics: Bronze medal - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Silver medal - 2006, Turin; 1988, Calgary.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
8 Teemu Selanne (above) Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 80 44-41-85
12 Olli Jokinen Winnipeg Jets (NHL) 106 32-27-59
15 Tuomo Ruutu Carolina Hurricanes (NHL) 47 15-7-22
16 Aleksander Barkov Florida Panthers (NHL) - -
21 Jori Lehtera Sibir Novosibirsk (KHL - Russia) 5 0-0-0
23 Sakari Salminen Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
(KHL - Russia)
10 1-2-3
26 Jarkko Immonen Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
(KHL - Russia)
39 16-10-26
27 Petri Kontiola Traktor Chelyabinsk (KHL - Russia) 36 13-15-28
28 Lauri Korpikoski Phoenix Coyotes (NHL) 15 3-2-5
36 Jussi Jokinen Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) 50 11-18-29
41 Antti Pihlstrom Salavat Yulayev Ufa
(KHL - Russia)
44 10-6-16
50 Juhamatti Aaltonen Karpat Oulu (Liiga - Finland) 26 6-11-17
64 Mikael Grandlund Minnesota Wild (NHL) 30 2-3-5

Defenseman

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
3 Olli Maatta Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL) - -
4 Ossi Vaananen Jokerit Helsinki (Liiga - Finland) 67 2-15-17
5 Lasse Kukkonen Kärpät Oulu (Liiga - Finland) 74 2-2-4
6 Sami Salo Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL) 38 5-14-19
18 Sami Lepisto Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg
(KHL - Russia)
32 1-9-10
38 Juuso Hietanen Torpedo Nizhny Novgorod
(KHL - Russia)
22 1-7-8
44 Kimmo Timonen Philadelphia Flyers (NHL) 102 14-34-48
45 Sami Vatanen Anaheim Ducks (NHL) 7 0-0-0

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
31 Antti Niemi San Jose Sharks (NHL) - - -
32 Kari Lehtonen Dallas Stars (NHL) 10 6-4 .905
40 Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins (NHL) - - -

Current or former Penguins: Jokinen, Maatta.

Olympic Medalists: Immonen, Olli Jokinen, Kukkonen, Lepisto, Salo, Selanne, Timonen (Bronze medal - 2010, Vancouver). Olli Jokinen, Jussi Jokinen, Kukkonen, Salo, Selanne, Timonen (Silver medal - 2006). Selanne, Timonen (Bronze medal - 1998).

What we like about Finland: Goaltending. Rask is one of the three best goaltenders in the world. Niemi and Lehtonen aren't slouches either. No team in this tournament is deeper at the position.

What we don't like about Finland: Depth. Injuries sapped an already lean group of skaters just prior to this tournament. This roster will have trouble keeping up with the other, deeper medal contenders.

EN's Prediction: Bronze medal. Goaltending has a way of making up for other shortcomings. Rask will carry this team to a medal.


 Norway

Previous Olympics: 10th place - 2010, Vancouver.

Best Olympic Finish: Eighth place - 1972, Sapporo.

Roster and career international statistics:

Forwards

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
8 Mad Hansen Storhamar Dragons
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
63 8-13-21
13 Sondre Olden Vålerenga Oslo (GET-ligaen - Norway) - -
19 Per-Age Skroder MODO Örnsköldsvik (SHL - Sweden) 62 18-19-37
20 Anders Bastiansen Färjestad Karlstad (SHL - Sweden) 57 19-19-38
21 Morten Ask Vålerenga Oslo (GET-ligaen - Norway) 53 11-25-36
22 Martin Roymark Färjestad Karlstad (SHL - Sweden) 45 2-5-7
26 Kristian Forsberg MODO Örnsköldsvik (SHL - Sweden) 49 1-3-4
28 Niklas Roest BIK Karlskoga
(Allsvenskan - Sweden)
7 0-0-0
29 Robin Dahlstrom Örebro HK (SHL - Sweden) 5 0-0-0
36 Mats Zuccarello (above) New York Rangers (NHL) 23 8-3-11
40 Ken Andre Olimb Frölunda Gothenburg (SHL - Sweden) 28 4-6-10
41 Patrick Thoresen SKA St. Petersburg (KHL - Russia) 42 15-25-40
43 Fredrik Lystad
Jacobsen
Storhamar Dragons
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
- -
46 Mathis Olimb Frölunda Gothenburg (SHL - Sweden) 45 5-36-31
51 Mats Rosseli Olsen Frölunda Gothenburg (SHL - Sweden) 7 0-0-0

Defensemen

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Goals-
Assists-
Points
4 Daniel Sorvik Vålerenga Oslo
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
6 0-0-0
6 Jonas Holos Lokomotiv Yaroslavl (KHL - Russia) 57 7-12-19
23 Mats Trygg Lørenskog (GET-ligaen - Norway) 67 14-21-35
39 Henrik Solberg Stavanger Oilers
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
18 1-1-2
42 Henrik Odegaard Missouri Mavericks (CHL) 14 0-0-0
47 Alexander
Bonsaksen
Vålerenga Oslo
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
38 0-4-4
55 Ole-Kristian
Tollefsen
Färjestad Karlstad
(SHL - Sweden)
26 1-2-3

Goaltenders

No. Player Team (League) Games
Played
Record SV%
30 Lars Haugen Dinamo Minsk (KHL - Russia) 20 11-9 .917
34 Lars Volden Espoo Blues (Liiga - Finland) 3 0-2 .861
70 Steffen Soberg Vålerenga Oslo
(GET-ligaen - Norway)
- - xxx

Current or former Penguins: None.

Olympic Medalists: None.

What we like about Norway: Zuccarello. He's really taken a step forward this season as an NHLer.

What we don't like about Norway: The rest of the roster. There is scant talent on this roster to compete with the big boys int his tournament.

EN's Prediction: 11th place. This team has just enough talent to edge Slovenia and avoid last place.

(Photos: Herburger-Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images; Crosby-Cameron Spencer/Getty Images; Selanne-Elsa/Getty Images; Zuccarello-Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

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