Washington Capitals: A First Look at Who Could Play in Beijing

Alex Ovechkin, Washington Capitals (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
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Lars Eller, Washington Capitals (Photo by Martin Rose/Getty Images)
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Team Denmark

For the first time since joining the IIHF in 1946, Denmark has qualified to compete in the 2022 Olympic Games. If NHL players are allowed to compete, the Capitals’ third-line center, Lars Eller, is all but a guarantee to headline the Danish team. Eller is an experienced player; a Stanley Cup Champion in 2018 with the Washington Capitals, the two-way center has also represented Denmark in the World Championships dating back to 2008.

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Including juniors, Eller has amassed 57 points (22 goals, 35 assists) for Denmark. Eller was the first Danish-born player to win an NHL Championship and now he might become one of the first Danish hockey players to represent their country in the Olympics.