Hockey Canada announced their official roster for the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics and three former Toronto Maple Leafs players have made the cut.
Unsurprisingly, former Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Calgary Flames and Anaheim Ducks forward Mason Raymond will suit up for Canada at this year’s games, as will former Leafs goaltender Ben Scrivens and forward Brandon Kozun.
Raymond, who played a season with the Leafs in 2013-14, has spent the season playing for Bern SC in the Swiss-A League where he has 13 goals and 25 points in 26 games.
He was part of Canada’s championship Spengler Cup roster last month and has been on Team Canada’s Olympic radar since the NHL officially announced that its players would not be allowed to participate in the games.
Leafs fans may also remember Scrivens from his time with the Leafs, as well. The 31-year-old goaltender came up through the team’s system, playing parts of three stellar seasons with the team’s AHL affiliate the Toronto Marlies from 2010 to 2013.
As a Leaf, Scrivens had respectable numbers but was eventually part of a package deal in a trade with the Los Angeles Kings that netted the Leafs goaltender Jonathan Bernier. Since then Scrivens has bounced around the NHL playing for the Kings, Edmonton Oilers and Montreal Canadiens. He’s played the past two seasons in the KHL and is poised to be Canada’s starting goaltender in Pyeongchang.
The 27-year-old Kozun played 20 games for the Leafs in 2014-15, putting up just two goals and four points.
So, what do you think of this Olympic roster? Here's the full lineup:
Clearly it’s not even close to being as strong as it would be were NHL players involved, but how does it stack up against the competition? USA Hockey released their Olympic roster on New Year’s Day at the 2018 Winter Classic and it featured a mix of former NHLers, journeyman veterans from Europe and young NCAA stars.
How does Canada’s roster stack up against USA? Russia, expected by many to be a tournament favourite, have yet to release their official roster, but it could include former NHL superstars turned KHL superstars Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk. Can Canada compete with that kind of firepower?