Here’s what the Czechs are starting with:
F Michael Frolik, Calgary Flames
F Martin Hanzal, Arizona Coyotes
F Tomas Hertl, San Jose Sharks
F David Krejci, Boston Bruins
F Ondrej Palat, Tampa Bay Lightning
F David Pastrnak, Boston Bruins
F Tomas Plekanec, Montreal Canadiens
F Vladimir Sobotka, Avangard Omsk (KHL)
F Jakub Voracek, Philadelphia Flyers
Jaromir Jagr, you’ll note, is not part of the above group. The 44-year-old retired from international competition after the 2015 World Championship, and he was only participating in that tournament because it was being held in the Czech Republic. He’d previously retired from representing the national team in 2014.
Still, nobody’s counting him out quite yet. If he wants to play, he’ll surely have a spot on the final 23-man roster, which will be announced no later than June 1.
As for the players listed, the big strength of this team could be in goal. Mrazek and Neuvirth have been excellent for the Red Wings and Flyers, respectively, this season. They each boast a .927 save percentage.
The blue line, on the other hand, could be the big weakness, a la Russia.