With the NHL’s decision to opt-out of sending players to the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. South Korea it’s forcing countries to look at minor leaguers to fill out their rosters. In an interview with Sportsnet 650’s Rick Dahliwal, Darren Archibald’s impressive preseason with the Canucks didn’t just impress the team, it got him on the radar of the Team Canada brain trust.
If you were Darren Archibald, looking to get that NHL deal from the Canucks after doing everything that’s been asked of you in the AHL, you have to think getting to wear the Maple Leaf at the Olympics isn’t gonna hurt your chances.
In previous years, we’d already have a pretty good idea who was going to be representing the nation at the Olympics. Thanks to Gary Bettman and his insistence on taking this away from the players and fans, we won’t know for a while yet who’s going to be making up the squad.
One name that’s been mentioned is Ben Scrivens. The former Maple Leafs goalie is currently in the KHL, playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa. Two names also mentioned are Jarome Iginla, and the recently retired Shane Doan. There’s also the potential for a real Canucks flavour to the team in Mason Raymond and Derek Roy. These names may not have the kind of star power that the last few NHL-laden teams have, and they’ll likely get steamrolled by a Russian team that boasts Ilya Kovalchuk and Pavel Datsyuk, but as an underdog story, they might be interesting enough to get up early for.