Though not as flashy as Team Russia, the Finns are often competitors right alongside their European neighbors. Team Finland won the last two Olympic bronze medals in the 2010 Vancouver games and 2014 Sochi games, besting Team USA two years ago to leave the Americans without a prize to take home.
They have the potential to do the same later this year in the World Cup of Hockey with the roster they ice. Sixteen of the final 23 have been announced, and there are more than a few standout names.
|F||Mikko Koivu||Minnesota Wild|
|F||Jori Lehtera||St. Louis Blues|
|F||Aleksander Barkov||Florida Panthers|
|F||Mikael Granlund||Minnesota Wild|
|F||Jussi Jokinen||Florida Panthers|
|F||Valtteri Filppula||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|F||Leo Komarov||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|F||Joonas Donskoi||San Jose Sharks|
|F||Lauri Korpikoski||Edmonton Oilers|
|F||Teuvo Teravainen||Chicago Blackhawks|
|D||Olli Maatta||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|D||Rasmus Ristolainen||Buffalo Sabres|
|D||Sami Vatanen||Anaheim Ducks|
|D||Esa Lindell||Dallas Stars|
|G||Tuukka Rask||Boston Bruins|
|G||Pekka Rinne||Nashville Predators|
Team Finland has a good balance of veterans and youngsters, including the new $5.9 million dollar man in 20-year-old Barkov. Though the Finns don't have the firepower of the Russians, they make up for it with solid goaltending -- yes even Rinne is still capable of that -- and defense.
The roster is very similar to the one Team Finland iced for the latest Olympics, though of course missing the greats in Teemu Selanne and Kimmo Timonen. This team is one that's had success in the past and with additions of key players in Teravainen and Filppula on offense, the Finns could have more of an offensive spark than before.