Jan 4, 2014; Buffalo, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) knocks down Buffalo Sabres left wing Johan Larsson (22) with the puck during the third period at First Niagara Center. Buffalo beats New Jersey 2 to 1. Mandatory Credit: Timothy T. Ludwig-USA TODAY Sports

Jaromir Jagr, Elias, Zidlicky, And Brunner All Named to National Teams


Today, Team Switzerland and Team Czech Republic have announced their 2014 Olympic Rosters.

Jaromir Jagr, Patrik Elias, and Marek Zidlicky were named to the Czech Republic roster. Damien Brunner was also named to the Switzerland roster.

 

Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Jaromir Jagr (68) skates with the puck past Ottawa Senators left wing Clarke MacArthur (16) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Senators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Jaromir Jagr will be participating in his 5th Olympic Games this year. He has had a great season thusfar and is not showing signs of deteriorating at almost 42 years old.

Jagr leads the New Jersey Devils in just about every statistic imaginable. His 34 points (13 goals, 21 assists), 4 game-winning goals, 100 shots on goal, and +11 rating all lead the team (NJ Devils).

Jagr, surprisingly, is not the oldest team on the Czech roster. Petr Nedved is already 42 while Jagr turns 42 in Feb (Tom Gulitti). Jagr’s game-winning goal total is currently 9th in the NHL.

Dec 28, 2013; Uniondale, NY, USA; New Jersey Devils left wing Patrik Elias (26) controls the puck in front of New York Islanders defenseman Thomas Hickey (14) during the third period of a game at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

He will wear the “A” on his jersey with fellow teammate Patrik Elias. Tomas Plekanec will wear the “C” for the Czechs.

Elias just recently went on IR retroactive to December 31st but there is no reason that he shouldn’t be available for the competition in February. Elias has 7 goals and 18 assists (25 points) in 33 games this season. Elias is currently ranked 10th in the NHL in shorthanded goals with 1.

This is Elias’ fourth Olympic Games.

Dec 31, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils defenseman Marek Zidlicky (2) hits Pittsburgh Penguins center Brandon Sutter (16) during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Penguins 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

While Marek Zidlicky‘s defensive game continues to be questionable at best, his offensive game has helped out the team this season. His 7 goals and 15 assists (22 points) have really helped out the Devils offensively, a place where they gravely needed help to go into the season.

Now if only Marek Zidlicky could improve his defensive game. This is Zidlicky’s third Olympic Games.

Dec 18, 2013; Newark, NJ, USA; New Jersey Devils right wing Damien Brunner (12) skates with the puck during the third period at the Prudential Center. The Devils defeated the Senators 5-2. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports

Damien Brunner was also named to the Swiss National Team today. Brunner will still be injured for 2 weeks or so.

Brunner started off smoking hot, severely cooled off, but has seemed to turn things around (at least until he got hurt). Brunner currently has 8 goals and 5 assists (13 points) in 32 games this season with 70 shots on goal.

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