Feb 1, 2014; St. Louis, MO, USA; St. Louis Blues center Maxim Lapierre (40) attempts to knock the puck away from Nashville Predators right wing Patric Hornqvist (27) during the first period at the Scottrade Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Nyquist Chosen Over Hornqvist for Olympics


About a week ago when Detroit Red Wings forward Johan Franzen suffered a concussion, a forward spot opened up on the Swedish Olympic hockey team.

As a member of the 2010 Swedish Olympic team, Nashville Predators forward Patric Hornqvist immediately became an option to replace Franzen and travel to Sochi for the 22nd Winter Olympic games.

Unfortunately for Hornqvist, another member of the Detroit Red Wings forward corps was also considered a top fill-in for the open position on Sweden’s squad.

Earlier today, Red Wings forward Gustav Nyquist was announced as Frazen’s replacement.

Nyquist and Hornqvist both had scored 10 goals this season, until Nyquist registered a hat trick in Detroit’s game against the Washington Capitals yesterday.

Hornqvist would have offered the same net presence and relentless forecheck to Sweden that he does to the Predators every night, but in the end, Nyquist’s faster speed (and perhaps his performance this weekend) gave him the edge.

The Predators Olympian total remains at three after today’s news.

Shea Weber will play for Canada and Roman Josi and Simon Moser (currently playing for the Milwaukee Admirals) will skate for Switzerland.

 

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