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Olympic Updates, Canucks Prospects for Beijing (+)



Two of these Vancouver Canucks goalies should be playing for their respective countries in Beijing.

For some NHL players, the first half of the 2021-’22 NHL season is essentially one big, fat try-out. Not so much for the Alexander Ovechkins of the world, we know he’ll be playing for the Russians in Beijing at the Winter Olympics in February. But for others, not everything is a lock. As it relates to the Vancouver Canucks, there appears to be a mix of shoe-ins and hopefuls. The “try-out” is only three weeks old.

Forward Elias Pettersson will be a part of Team Sweden, as will defenceman Oliver Ekman-Larsson, should they stay healthy and want to go. I say “forward” for Pettersson because of a potential logjam at centre and some decision making that might push him to the wing. Nils Hoglander will have to step it up to get a look-see for Tre Kronor. For now, put down two Vancouver locks for Team Sweden …

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