The much anticipated men’s hockey tournament will kick-off on Wednesday in Sochi, Russia. Players and coaches have all arrived and are eager to begin their hunt for Olympic gold. Group C will open up play. The Czech Republic will square-off with Sweden and Latvia will oppose Switzerland. Two Boston Bruins will be competing in Group C.
For Krejci, the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics marks his second appearance in the international tournament. It will be Eriksson’s second go around as well. At the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver, Krejci played in five games, scoring two goals and assisting on one other. Eriksson tallied three goals and one assist in four games that year.
Krejci, 27, will likely center the top forward line for the Czech’s. He’s an elite playmaker and one of the most underrated offensive players in the tournament. A bevy of dynamic offensive talent will surround Krejci, including his boyhood idol, Jaromir Jagr. The Czech’s certainly feel that they boast sufficient enought talent to medal.
Eriksson is a responsable two-way asset and should provide the Swede’s with valuable scoring depth. Although the 28-year-old has been banged up for much of the season. He suffered a concussion in a game against the Penguins. But he’s steadily returned to form and had a four-game point streak snapped just prior to the Olympic break.
Both Sweden and the Czech Republic have realistic chances of medaling this year. By no means will it be an easy task, but the talent is present on either side.