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Sport Some hockey players in these Winter Olympics could make way to NHL

16:56  18 february  2018
16:56  18 february  2018 Source:   usatoday.com

Against tense global backdrop, let the Games begin

  Against tense global backdrop, let the Games begin On the one hand: The world gathers for a scripted, globalized spectacle of competition and unity. North Korean athletes and performers stream into the rival South for a display of cooperation that maybe, just maybe, could ease anxiety about possible nuclear war. The North's head of state announces plans to visit the South for the first time. The U.S. vice president is stopping by, too. On the other: Angry South Koreans bump up against riot police to protest the arrivals. The North's government immediately calls the demonstration a "spasm of psychopaths.

GANGNEUNG, Korea —  Eeli Tolvanen is 18 and already being projected as the next Finnish hockey star.

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“Eeli is a great player with an unbelievable shot,” Finland coach Lauri Marjamaki said. “He brings us so much, his open-minded game and fearless (style). The whole atmosphere is exciting because Eeli is on our team.”

With three goals and six points in his first two Olympic games, Tolvanen is adding more credibility to the idea that the Nashville Predators will sign him in time to help their playoff push. He was a Predators’ first-round pick (No. 30) last June. Tolvanen has 17 goals and 34 points in 47 games playing for Jokerit (Finland) in the Kontinental Hockey League.

The Predators could use another scorer.

“It’s amazing (what he is doing),” said Finland teammate Lasse Kukkonen. “It’s a privilege to be on the same team with him.”

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American figure skater Vincent Zhou is brilliant, bemusing

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Other important NHL story lines at the Olympics:

Rasmus Dahlin, Sweden: The excitement of Dahlin making the Swedish Olympic team has given way to the reality that he’s 17 trying to crack a veteran lineup. He was a healthy scratch in his first game, and played six shifts (4:36) in Sweden’s second game.

None of this impacts the fact that NHL scouts view him as a franchise defenseman who can help a team in a variety of ways.

Ilya Kovalchuk, Olympic Athlete from Russia: If the Olympic Athletes of Russia win the gold medal in men’s hockey, it’s only going to strengthen the notion that Kovalchuk could still be a top NHL goal-scorer. He has scored 63 goals and registered 141 points in his last 113 games in Kontinental Hockey League games.

Snowboarder Ledecka borrows Shiffrin's skis, wins Super-G gold

  Snowboarder Ledecka borrows Shiffrin's skis, wins Super-G gold Weather postponements led American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin to skip today’s Super-G competition, leaving the event reigning champion Anna Veith’s to win. Weather postponements led American ski star Mikaela Shiffrin to skip today’s Super-G competition, leaving the event reigning champion Anna Veith’s to win.

Would he be an interesting fit for the New York Islanders’ John Tavares (if he re-signs) or the Los Angeles Kings’ Anze Kopitar or the New Jersey Devils’ Nico Hischier? How about the Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby.

Ryan Donato, USA: Seems as if the Boston Bruins will want Donato’s blend of speed and shooting ability in their lineup by next season.

He looks NHL ready. He’s the son of former NHL player and current Harvard coach Ted Donato. Ryan is a smart player. “He’s a shooter,” said U.S. linemate Troy Terry.

Brian Gionta, USA: At 39, Gionta has showed that he still has quickness and an ability to make things happen. He hasn’t scored for USA, but he has created a breakaway with a quick burst of speed. He is playing with some passion.

He looks like he could help an NHL team as a role player in the playoffs.

Miro Heiskanen, Finland: This is a quality Finnish team, and Heiskanen is averaging 13:53 minutes per game on defense

The Dallas Stars prospect plays a smooth, dependable, well-rounded game. He looks like he could be ready for the NHL next season.

Could fast skier Ester Ledecka and fast swimmer Katie Ledecky be distant cousins?

  Could fast skier Ester Ledecka and fast swimmer Katie Ledecky be distant cousins? The names are unusual and similar. Ledecka is Czech, Ledecky is of Czech descent. Ledecka's grandfather's surname was Ledecky. And each would be happy to be related to the other.Ledecky — the swimmer and five-time Olympic gold medalist — sent out a tweet following Ledecka’s sensational winning run, congratulating the ski racer. “That’s what Ledecka’s do!!!” Ledecky wrote.

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