There are certainly some names you’ll recognize up front and in goal on Canada’s Olympic men’s hockey team, but the defense is another story.
Sure, Derek Roy, Mason Raymond, Wojtek Wolski, and Ben Scrivens were among the playersto its 2018 Olympic squad Thursday, but most of the Canadian blue-liners are relative no-names.
Here’s a quick rundown of who the defensemen are and where they came from:
Fans of the– and to a lesser extent, the and – might remember this 26-year-old, who the Avalanche drafted in the second round back in 2009, but we’d forgive them if he didn’t ring a bell.
Elliott played 63 games over four seasons with Colorado, collecting 18 points, and left for the KHL in 2016 after shorter stints with the Coyotes and Predators. He’s playing with HV71 (Jonkoping) in the Swedish Hockey League this season.
If we told you Genoway was a point-per-game player in his NHL career, you'd be impressed, right?
That’s true, but the 31-year-old Manitoban has played just one game in the league, as he notched an assist in his only NHL appearance with thein 2011-12.
Genoway has spent the last four years in the KHL, suiting up for four different teams.
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Goloubef might be the most experienced member of the D-corps as far as NHL experience is concerned, with 129 career games played.
The 28-year-old spent parts of seven seasons in the' organization after that club picked him 37th overall in 2008, but couldn't carve out a regular NHL role before being traded to the Avalanche in November 2016.
Goloubef managed only five points in 33 contests with Colorado last season, and he’s collected a respectable 14 points in 27 games with the AHL’s Stockton Heat in 2017-18.
Thehad high hopes for this now-30-year-old when they made him a third-round pick in 2005, but he didn’t pan out as an NHL prospect.
Gragnani put up big numbers in the QMJHL, but never quite fit in with the Sabres,, , or before heading to Europe for the 2013-14 campaign.
He played for the KHL squad in Prague before jumping to Switzerland's National League with SC Bern, then back to the Russian-based league, in which he's played for Dinamo Minsk for the last two seasons, posting 38 points in 56 games in 2016-17.
While Goloubef has the most NHL experience in the group, Lee has the most life experience.
The 37-year-old is the definition of a journeyman, having never played a game in the NHL but having spent years toiling in the ECHL, AHL, and overseas.
Lee has played in Europe for the last eight campaigns, and he’s been a member of the KHL’s Metallurg Magnitogorsk for the last five, piling up an impressive 65 points in 60 games one season ago.
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Much like Lee, Noreau went undrafted and has since bounced around in the AHL, ECHL, and Europe.
He does have six NHL games under his belt, playing a single contest with the Wild in 2009-10, and then five more with them the following season, but he doesn’t have any points to show for it.
Noreau has played in Switzerland for five of the last seven years, most recently with SC Bern, where he has 21 points in 25 games this season.
Robinson is certainly one of the more obscure names on the roster. He's never appeared in the NHL, and he's played in Europe for the last seven years, plying his trade in the KHL for the past five and racking up 20 points in 37 games for CSKA Moscow this season.
This 30-year-old Albertan was never drafted by an NHL club, but he did play seven games for the Avalanche, five for the, and 11 for the Devils.
He's in the midst of his first KHL season with Dinamo Riga, with whom he's chipped in 14 points in 46 contests.
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