Earlier today, Finland announced their roster of the 25 players that will be representing their country at the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Two players from the Tampa Bay Lightning will be making the trip to Russia for Finland; center Valtteri Filppula and defenseman Sami Salo.
I am not shocked in the slightest to see Filppula’s name on this list. This season, Filppula has been one of the best well-rounded players that we’ve had. He is skilled at not just finding the back of the net, but in the faceoff circle and in shootouts as well.
He is currently second on the team in regards to points, only being topped by the captain, Martin St. Louis. He has 16 goals and 17 assists for a total of 33 points with a plus-3 rating.
Salo has been an asset to the Bolts this year as well. His veteran experience adds something to the blue line that you just can’t get anywhere else. So far this season, he has 1 goal and 6 assists for a total of 7 points with a plus-4 rating.
After taking the Bronze medal in 2010 in Vancouver, you can bet that the Finns will be looking to get a notch or two higher on the podium this season.
Here is a look at the complete roster for the Finland Men’s Ice Hockey Team courtesy of NHL.com.
|Juhamatti Aaltonen||06/04/1985||Ii, Finland||Kärpät Oulu (FIN)|
|Aleksander Barkov||09/02/1995||Tampere, FIN||Florida Panthers (NHL)|
|Valtteri Filppula||03/20/1984||Vantaa, Finland||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|Mikael Granlund||02/26/1992||Oulu, Finland||Minnesota Wild (NHL)|
|Jussi Jokinen||04/01/1983||Kalajoki, Finland||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)|
|Olli Jokinen||12/05/1978||Kuopio, Finland||Winnipeg Jets (NHL)|
|Mikko Koivu||03/12/1983||Turku, Finland||Minnesota Wild (NHL)|
|Leo Komarov||01/23/1987||Narva, Estonia||Dynamo Moscow (RUS)|
|Petri Kontiola||10/04/1984||Seinajoki, Finland||Traktor Chelyabinsk (RUS)|
|Lauri Korpikoski||07/28/1986||Turku, Finland||Phoenix Coyotes (NHL)|
|Jori Lehtera||12/23/1987||Helsinki, Finland||Sibir Novosibirsk (RUS)|
|Antti Pihlstrom||10/22/1984||Vantaa, Finland||Salavat Yulayev Ufa (RUS)|
|Tuomo Ruutu||02/16/1983||Vantaa, Finland||Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)|
|Teemu Selanne||07/03/1970||Helsinki, Finland||Anaheim Ducks (NHL)|
|Lasse Kukkonen||09/18/1981||Oulu, Finland||Karpat Oulu (FIN)|
|Juuso Hietanen||07/14/1985||Hämeenlinna, Finland||Torpedo Nizhni Novgorod (RUS)|
|Sami Lepisto||10/17/1984||Espoo, Finland||Avtomobilist Yekaterinburg (RUS)|
|Olli Maatta||08/22/1994||Jyväskylä, Finland||Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)|
|Sami Salo||09/02/1974||Turku, Finland||Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)|
|Kimmo Timonen||03/18/1975||Kuopio, Finland||Philadelphia Flyers (NHL)|
|Ossi Vaananen||08/18/1980||Vantaa, Finland||Jokerit Helsinki (FIN)|
|Sami Vatanen||07/03/1991||Jyväskylä, Finland||Anaheim Ducks (NHL)|
|Kari Lehtonen||11/6/1983||Helsinki, Finland||Dallas Stars (NHL)|
|Antti Niemi||08/29/1983||Vantaa, Finland||San Jose Sharks|
|Tuukka Rask||03/10/1987||Savonlinna, Finland||Boston Bruins (NHL)|