The Russians have released their picks for the 2010 Olympic hockey team. The Canadian team is set to be released on December 30th and will be posted on this blog when it is released. For now we can take a look at the Russian team and see what Canada will be up against. By the looks of it they have a STACKED team, although the Russians decided not to pick Alexi Kovalev and have picked quite a few players who are not playing in the NHL.
Ilya Bryzgalov (Phoenix), Evgeni Nabokov (San Jose), Semyon Varlamov (Washington)
Sergei Gonchar (Pittsburgh Penguins), Denis Grebeshkov (Edmonton Oilers), Dmitri Kalinin (Salavat Ufa), Konstantin Korneyev (CSKA Moscow), Andrei Markov (Montreal Canadiens), Ilya Nikulin (Ak Bars Kazan), Fedor Tyutin (Columbus Blue Jackets), Anton Vonchenkov (Ottawa Senators)
Maxim Afinogenov (Atlanta Thrashers), Pavel Datsyuk (Detroit Red Wings), Sergei Fedorov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk), Ilya Kovalchuk (Atlanta Thrashers), Viktor Kozlov (Salavat Ufa), Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins), Alexei Morozov (Ak Bars Kazan), Alexander Ovechkin (Washington Capitals), Alexander Radulov (Salavat Ufa), Alexander Semin (Washington Capitals), Danis Zaripov (Ak Bars Kazan), Sergei Zinoviev (Salavat Ufa)