With Valtteri Filppula and Mikko Koivu out of the Olympics, expect Sean Bergenheim of the Florida Panthers to be named to the team in the next day or so. Bergenheim and KHL player Jarkko Immonen are the reserves on Finland’s roster.
There is a little caveat in this expectation though. Both Koivu and Filppula are centers while Bergenheim is a left wing. Now, Finland could go off the board and pick two new centers, but I would expect Bergenheim to get at least one spot of the two.
In 42 games with the Panthers, Bergenheim has 13 goals and 6 assists for 19 points. Those are around his totals for a full season so depending on how the rest of the season goes, he could set a career high.
In terms of experience in pressure situations, few can forget his play in the 2011 NHL Playoffs when he had 11 points in 19 games helping the Tampa Bay Lightning reach the Eastern Conference Finals. He also had six points in the Panthers seven-game series against New Jersey in the 2012 NHL Playoffs.
If the Finns want to pick someone who has the experience to help lead them to a medal, Bergenheim would be a wise pick. He’s not a household name, but you can’t deny that he is good when you need him to be. The Olympics would be a terrific opportunity for him.
Finland will then have to name a second player to get back to the 25 man roster required by the Olympics.