The NHL announced on Friday they were officially going to Beijing to take part in the 2022 Olympic Games. NHL players have been waiting for this announcement, and now we get to speculate which New Jersey Devils players could represent their country in the Olympics.
There aren’t a lot of Devils players that are absolutes. There is one, and then a few players who will be fighting for roster spots. However, most of those players are still young and will have more chances to make future Olympic rosters. The rosters for Team USA and Team Canada are stacked, but if the Devils can stay healthy, they could have a few players slip in.
The Devils missed out on the 2018 Olympics. There were a few players who missed out on their last chance to represent the Devils overseas. That includes Kyle Palmieri wearing the Team USA jersey one last time, Pavel Zacha spending his first Olympics representing the Czech Republic, and of course, Taylor Hall would have been a shoo-in to make the Olympic team for Team Canada in the middle of his MVP season.
Which New Jersey Devils players deserve to go to the Olympics?
That won’t be an issue in 2022. The Devils players will have all the opportunities to make the Olympic team just like every other team in the NHL. This is a decision that was celebrated by all players. Even the ones who aren’t going to the Olympics this year will still love seeing their teammates in Beijing. The Devils have players who deserve to make the team and others that just deserve a shot. Here are seven players who deserve a shot to make their respective country’s team.