This is by no means the sexiest position group in the World Cup of Hockey. Zdeno Chara can still do his thing and Roman Josi is quite good, but this defense core is pretty devoid of superstars. That wouldn’t be such a big problem if this wasn’t a glorified all-star team in an all-star tournament.
So luckily there will probably be some decent goaltending on this squad, right?
Team Europe Defenders
Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins (Slovakia)
Christian Ehrhoff, Chicago Blackhawks (Germany)
Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (Switzerland)
Dennis Seidenberg, Boston Bruins (Germany)
Andrej Sekera, Edmonton Oilers (Slovakia)
Luca Sbisa, Vancouver Canucks (Switzerland)
Mark Streit, Philadelphia Flyers (Switzerland)
PLAYERS TO WATCH
At 39 years old, Chara is still relatively effective but it’ll be interesting to see what he can do against a bevy of players that are younger and faster than he is.
Maybe I’m off base here, but it feels like Josi is still one of the more underrated defenders in the NHL. He’s extremely effective and just a heck of a lot of fun to watch.
For the first time in what feels like years, I’m not begging for the Sharks to give Ehrhoff a chance. So I guess he’s going to score five goals in this tournament, right?
First Game: Sept. 17 vs. Team USA, 12:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2.