Olympic hockey is on everybody’s thoughts this week, what with the Russia drama, which suggests many followers are crying into a wholly new bucket of tears over the truth that the NHL is not collaborating within the 2018 Winter Video games.
For this week’s Energy Rankings — voted, as all the time, by ESPN’s panel of consultants — we concentrate on one participant from every crew who we actually, deeply lament is not going to be participating within the males’s hockey event in South Korea. Many as a result of they have not gotten the prospect earlier than. Others as a result of we have by no means had the prospect to see them with gold round their necks.
How we rank: We use a panel of voters, and these rankings mirror which groups voters assume would win head-to-head matchups. Increased-ranked groups are favored over lower-ranked groups. A run of wins does not assure a soar, and a few losses does not assure a fall.
Earlier rankings: Preseason | Week 1 | Week 2 | Week Three | Week Four | Week 5 | Week 6 | Week 7 | Week Eight
Week 7 Rating: No. 1
Steven Stamkos. Sigh. He was a snub in 2010 after which his damaged leg stored him out on 2014, with Workforce Canada profitable gold in each. He’ll nonetheless be younger sufficient in 2022 to take part, if the NHL goes to Beijing as anticipated. However as Stamkos is aware of, there aren’t any ensures.
Report: 18-7 -Three
Week 7 Rating: No. 6
Filip Forsberg. The 23-year-old ahead was too younger to make the squad for Workforce Sweden in Sochi in 2014, however his point-per-game season — in addition to the growing old out of different Swedish forwards — would have earned him a high position within the upcoming Olympics. Which might have afforded him a platform for a star-making efficiency.
Week 7 Rating: No. 2
Patrik Laine. This not been an impressive season for the 19-year-old sniper to this point, though he seems to be heating up now. However Laine loves the large stage: In 54 worldwide event video games, he has 49 targets. That features seven targets in 10 world championship video games. He would have rocked Pyeongchang.
Week 7 Rating: No. Four
Auston Matthews. So let’s get this straight: The Individuals lastly have a generational expertise and a game-dominating scorer who can match some other star on the earth, and abruptly the NHL is not going to the Olympics? We do not site visitors a lot in Canadian conspiracy theories right here, however …
Week 7 Rating: No. Three
Vladimir Tarasenko. The Tank rolled by way of Sochi for 5 video games however solely picked up an help. He has not precisely been a standout internationally, with 4 targets in 14 video games, however he is a greater participant now that he was 4 years in the past.
Week 7 Rating: No. 10
Anze Kopitar. The Kings star solely had three factors in 5 video games throughout the Sochi Video games, however was the chief of a Slovenia crew that shocked Slovakia and was aggressive in pool play. Let’s hope they put on these candy jerseys once more.
Week 7 Rating: No. Eight
Nico Hischier. The Swiss are all the time an fascinating crew to observe within the Olympics, what with their propensity for upsets. Hischier would have given them an offensive weapon the likes they hardly ever have. Now, what number of video games may Reto Berra steal?
The NHL has already determined to skip the 2018 Video games. The KHL’s potential absence in mild of the IOC’s ruling may drain the expertise pool additional, however hard-core hockey followers will nonetheless discover compelling motion and storylines to savor.
What led the IOC to ban the Russian Olympic Committee? How will the IOC decide “clear” athletes for the 2018 Video games? And what about that hockey crew? We break down Tuesday’s dramatic ruling.
The Worldwide Olympic Committee’s choice to ban Russia from the 2018 Winter Video games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, guarantees to additional dilute a males’s ice hockey event that is already lacking NHL expertise. Here is what occurs subsequent.
Week 7 Rating: No. 11
Tom Kuhnhackl. This can be a difficult one. Sidney Crosby? Been there, seen it twice. Evgeni Malkin? Thrice. Jake Guentzel would not be cemented in that Workforce USA lineup, along with his lack of worldwide begins. Phil Kessel … properly, certain, if USA Hockey obtained over itself and invited him again. So we’re going with Kuhnhackl, as a result of Germany is on this event, he solely represented his nation in three video games and he’s the second-leading scorer amongst German NHL gamers this season. (We’ll get to the highest scorer in a bit, as a result of his crew is horrible proper now.).
Week 7 Rating: No. Four
Sergei Bobrovsky. Bob had a 1.15 goals-against common and a .952 save proportion in Sochi, so it wasn’t his fault that Russia did not medal. He deserved one other shot.
Week 7 Rating: No. 13
Alex Ovechkin. Who else, proper? He has by no means gained an Olympic medal. He hs by no means performed in a championship spherical within the NHL. Possibly away from the stress cooker of Sochi, the Russians may have thrived. He has eight targets in 17 Olympic video games.
Week 7 Rating: No. 9
William Karlsson. Typically, gamers earn their spots on Olympic groups primarily based on their play throughout the common season earlier than the Video games. It might have been fascinating to see if Karlsson turned such a case, contemplating that he has been practically a point-per-game (25 in 27 video games) man for the Knights.
Week 7 Rating: No. 7
Jaroslav Halak. Hey, bear in mind Workforce Europe within the World Cup of Hockey? Put Halak on an enormous stage and he’ll do his greatest to steal a recreation or two when the chances are closely towards his crew, as they might have been for Slovakia.
Week 7 Rating: No. 17
Mats Zuccarello. There is not any denying that Zuc, who was as soon as generally known as the Norwegian Hobbit Wizard, is a spotlight reel who loves repping his nation.
Week 7 Rating: No. 14
Tyler Seguin. His teammate, Jamie Benn, performed six Olympic video games within the Sochi. Seguin by no means has. He additionally has 249 factors in his final 253 NHL video games, ninth most within the league. This might have been his flip.
Week 7 Rating: No. 18
Johnny Gaudreau. The Flames star was poised to play a key offensive position on Workforce USA within the Olympics. He had eight factors in eight video games within the 2014 World Championships, and 4 factors in three video games on the World Cup for Workforce North America.
Week 7 Rating: No. 15
Jonathan Toews. All of the man does is win on the worldwide stage, and contribute to these wins. Toews has 11 factors in 13 Olympic video games, to go together with 5 factors in six video games throughout the World Cup.
Week 7 Rating: No. 19
Henrik Sedin and Daniel Sedin. Would the twins have performed for Workforce Sweden? It is doable, on condition that they represented their residence nation on the World Cup. Henrik has six factors in 12 Olympic video games; Daniel has 12 factors in 18 video games.
Week 7 Rating: No. 22
John Gibson. Whereas Jonathan Fast might need gotten one other flip between the pipes, Gibson would have been within the combine to turn into Workforce USA’s starter.
Week 7 rating: No. 24
Nino Niederreiter. The winger appeared in 4 video games for the Swiss in Sochi. He is a greater participant now than he was then.
Report: 14-10-2Week 5 rating: No. 12
Joe Pavelski. The Sharks star had eight factors in 12 video games for Workforce USA up to now two Olympics. At 33, this might need been his final shot at profitable gold — or, at a minimal, at lastly beating Canada within the medal spherical.
Week 7 Rating: No. 23
Carey Worth. Whereas there would have been different choices for Workforce Canada in aim — hey, Braden Holtby — Worth would have been the favourite for starter, and to probably win back-to-back golds.
Week 7 Rating: No. 16
Brad Marchand. We have been robbed of the prospect to see the Crosby, Patrice Bergeron and Marchand line dominate on the Olympics. And you understand who’s unhappy about that? His mother, that is who.
Week 7 Rating: No. 21
Sebastian Aho. The Finns have their share of nice younger gamers and Aho, an explosive winger, would have been one in all them.
Week 7 Rating: No. 29
Shayne Gostisbehere. Would Workforce USA have conjured the Ghost, or would USA Hockey have discovered some flaw in his recreation to maintain him off the roster?
Week 7 Rating: No. 20
Nathan MacKinnon. With 31 factors in 26 video games and former worldwide expertise with Workforce Canada, would MacKinnon performed his manner onto the crew for South Korea?
Week 7 Rating: No. 28
Leon Draisaitl. All due respect to Connor McDavid, however we’d have been thrilled to observe Draisaitl attempt to carry his German mates to a win on the Olympics. He has eight factors in 15 world championship video games.
Week 7 Rating: No. 26
Erik Karlsson. His Olympic debut was in Sochi. He had eight factors in six video games for Sweden. He is actually, actually good.
Cannot get sufficient hockey? Be careful-of-market common season video games LIVE and on-demand in HD with NHL.TV. Annual, month-to-month, and single-team plans can be found. Blackouts and restrictions apply. Study extra and subscribe to get NHL.TV right now!
Week 7 Rating: No. 27
Aleksander Barkov. The Panthers standout performed two video games in Sochi, and would have had an enormous position on a harmful Finland crew.
Week 7 Rating: No. 25
Dylan Larkin. One other one in all Workforce USA’s dynamic younger weapons who would have contributed mightily in South Korea … offered USA Hockey did not go for a crew of muckers and grinders. Once more.
Week 7 Rating: No. 30
Tobias Rieder. One in every of a handful of NHL gamers in Workforce Germany, he has appeared internationally 27 instances.
Week 7 Rating: No. 31
Jack Eichel. Yeah, Workforce USA was going to be enjoyable to observe in South Korea. Actually enjoyable.