Possibly the greatest honor in sports is earning the opportunity to compete on the behalf of your country in the Olympic Games. With the release of each of the camp rosters for the major medal contenders, it’s time to see who has extra work cut out for them this season! For this year’s games, several members of the Nashville Predators have been invited to camps to prove their worth to make an Olympic team. So just who might Predators fans see in the 2014 Winter Olympics? Let’s find out!
Some surprises were in store with the release of the Team USA prospects, right down to one of the Predators’ offerings. Goodness that makes it sound like I’m saying the Predators are in the Hunger Games! Any who, Craig Smith is slated to skate with the forwards while new draftee Seth Jones will battle it out with the defense for a spot to represent his country.
The invitee to Team Canada’s camp comes as no surprise. After Shea Weber’s net breaking performance at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, shame may very well have come to the Predators had he not been invited to join the defensemen. Throw in the fact that Team Canada won the gold in 2010 and you can be sure this country will want to keep their medal winners together!
Once again Patric Hornqvist has landed himself a spot on the Swedish camp roster, while the other Nordic country, Norway, will see what defenseman Joonas Jarvinen and everyone’s favorite goalie Pekka Rinne can bring to the team.
Finally and most recently released on our list of confirmed Olympic camp rosters is the list from Switzerland. Defenseman Roman Josi will duke it out for a chance to play in the Olympics. Odds are however that Josi will be high on the list to keep after camp, considering the effective play brought in Josi’s last few rounds on the international stage for Switzerland.