Possible Toronto Maple Leafs Playing in the 2022 Olympics

Beijing 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Games (Photo by WANG ZHAO/AFP via Getty Images)
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Toronto Maple Leafs
TORONTO, ON – MARCH 19: Morgan Rielly #44 of the Toronto Maple Leafs   (Photo by Claus Andersen/Getty Images) /

Morgan Rielly

Morgan Rielly was a 2012 fifth overall selection and played in the big leagues after one season split between the Marlies and the Moose Jaw Warriors.

Rielly played 40 international games, notching 19 points. He was part of the 2016 gold medal team at the World Championship and bronze medal team at the u17 World Juniors but failed to record any medals in his four other tournaments.

He is an offensive-minded two-way defenseman that is efficient moving the puck. While some wish he was more responsible defensively, he is better than some belief.

He should earn a spot on either the second or third pairing for Team Canada. There is a turnaround for defensemen representing the country, with older players unable to hold their roster spots. Despite the invading youth, the 27-year-old Rielly should crack the lineup.

Petr Mrazek

A new arrival in the 6ix will be representing his country in Beijing. Goaltender Petr Mrazek is expected to split games with Jack Campbell but could be relied upon for the Czech Republic. The 2010 fifth-round selection has been a fringe starter for most of his NHL career.

He has played 34 career international games, with five in the World Championship and two in the World Cup of Hockey. No, that is not much experience at all.

Stats don’t back up his play either, with a .894 save percentage in 10 international games during the ’16-’17 season. That goes to show what you will get in a goaltender like Mrazek.

The Czechs do not have many options if Mrazek is considered an option. His competition includes David Rittich and Pavel Francouz. While you shouldn’t pencil in Petr to be a starter, he is a lock as one of the three fringe goalies on the team.