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Toronto Maple Leafs Daily Poll: Who Will Perform Better At The Olympics? Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk or Nikolai Kulemin?


The Men’s Ice Hockey Tournament at the 2014 Winter Olympics will kick off in two days time. The Toronto Maple Leafs have three players representing their country in Sochi. While the Leafs are hoping that none of their players get hurt, you can bet the three Leafs going will be pushing their hardest to win gold.

The three Leafs are going are Phil Kessel, James van Riemsdyk and Nikolai Kulemin. Kessel and van Riemsdyk will be playing for the USA while Kulemin will be playing for his home country of Russia.

The question surrounding the three of them individually is which one of them will perform the best.

Kessel is the only one who has been to the Olympics before, playing for the US in the 2010 Games in Vancouver. Kessel has been one of the best American offensive players from the past four years. He will be expected to bring his offense to the American team in hopes they can improve on their silver medal in Vancouver.

James van Riemsdyk will be participating in his first Olympics. He started off the season as a player that might make the US team, but with his play alongside Kessel, he quickly became a lock for the team. Line-mates in Toronto, it is expected that will be for the US as well as to take advantage of their preexisting chemistry.

This might be Kulemin’s first trip to the Olympics, however he was named as a reserve to Team Russia in Vancouver. More of a defensive player in Toronto, he probably won’t be counted on for offense. However, he does have a lot of experience playing with superstar Evgeni Malkin, so he be placed alongside him once again.

So with all that said,

Who Will Perform Better At The Olympics?

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