Michael Frolik (RW)
Game 1: Michael Frolik managed almost ten minutes of ice-time in the Czechs debut versus Sweden, registering four shots in the third period alone. He played alongside Jiri Novonty and Ales Hemsky for the most part but was unable to hit the scoresheet in a positive way.
Game 2: The Czech coaching staff shook up their lines for their second game against Latvia but Frolik would remain in his slot on the team's fourth line. While he has still yet to crack the scoresheet in this tournament, he levied several big hits on Latvian players and had a sound game defensively in the win.
Game 3: Frolik played just over ten minutes of ice-time in the Czechs 1-0 loss to Switzerland. He was held off the scoresheet yet again and went pointless through the Preliminary Round.
Game 4: It's becoming clear that the Czechs fourth line is not to be relied on for goal scoring in this tournament. Frolik earned just shy of ten minutes of ice-time in their Qualification Round game against Slovakia, managing only one shot on net. On the plus side, he hasn't been out for many goals against and his physical play has been consistent throughout.
Game 5: Once again Frolik was held pointless as the Czechs were eliminated by a vastly superior American squad. In looking at his tournament stat line, you wouldn't even know he played at all. However, not much should be expected playing alongside an aging Petr Nedved in most of their games.
Ondrej Pavelec (G)
Game 1: Ondrej Pavelec was a healthy scratch against Sweden.
Game 2: Pavelec returned to the crease for Game 2 and had an up-and-down performance which we chronicled here. In the end, he made the saves that were expected of him and his performance was miles better than that of Jakub Kovar. Expect to see more from Pavelec going forward.
Game 3: Pavelec turned in his strongest performance to date, stoping 25 of 26 shots against Switzerland. Unfortunately he received zero goal support and the Czechs lost 1-0.
Game 4: After forty minutes of quality goaltending, the train came off the rails a bit for Pavelec in the third period as he allowed two goals on eight Slovak shots. Nevertheless, he preformed just well enough down the stretch to earn the win, setting up a meeting with the high-flying Americans in the Quarterfinals.
Game 5: Pavelec had a dreadful outing for the Czechs allowing four goals on twelve shots and being pulled in favour of Alexander Salak. It seems Pavelec's Olympic play mirrored his NHL results as he remained streaky and inconsistent all the way through to the final goal against.
Olli Jokinen (C)
Game 1: Olli Jokinen was featured in a second line role as Finland doubled up on Austria in an 8-4 win. He was a 65% efficiency rating in the face-off circle and finished the game with one assist.
Game 2: Jokinen was a much larger factor on the scoresheet against Norway, finishing the game with a goal and an assist in their 6-1 win. However, he was brutal in the face-off dot, winning only 38.8% of his draws. This will ultimately have to improve in their third contest when they face Canada.
Game 3: Jokinen was relied upon much more by his coaching staff now that Finland is without the services of Aleksander Barkov. He played just north of seventeen minutes in ice-time and was frequently matched up against Sidney Crosby's line. He still struggled in the face-off circle winning only 40.0% of his attempts. He will still be relied upon as a key cog for Finland as the tournament continues.
Game 4: Playing alongside Jussi Jokinen and Tuomo Ruutu, Olli Jokinen anchored a second line that was integral in shutting down a vaunted Russian attack today en route to a Semifinal berth. Though his face-off efficiency remains below 50%, Jokinen has been a valuable two-way player in this tournament.
Game 5: Jokinen marked Finland's lone goal in Semifinal play in his team's 2-1 loss to Sweden. For the first time this tournament, his face-off percentage wasn't abysmal (50%) and he again was tasked with playing +15 minutes of ice-time in a two-way role. He will next play tomorrow for the bronze medal against the United States.
Game 6: Jokinen's two-way play was again on display against the Americans as Finland rolled to a 5-0 win and bronze medal finish. Jokinen wrapped up the tournament with four points in six games and was instrumental alongside Teemu Selanne and Kimmo Timonen in finishing on the podium.
Blake Wheeler (RW)
Game 1: Blake Wheeler played just over four minutes in his Olympic debut against Slovakia, finishing with a blank scoresheet.
Game 2: Wheeler managed only 38 seconds of first period ice-time, taking a penalty in the process.
Game 3: Wheeler finally earned some valuable ice-time against Slovenia playing just over twelve minutes in the USA's win. He assisted on a Ryan McDonagh goal for his first point of the tournament. As it stands, he is still a fourth line player but Dan Bylsma seems to be using that trio more heading into relegation play.
Game 4: It seems as though Wheeler is back in Dan Bylsma's dog house, only playing 1:39 in today's win against the Czechs. He is essentially the team's 13th forward so it's difficult to gauge where he will slot in on a game-by-game basis.
Game 5: It's evident that Wheeler once attended the Milford Academy as he has been neither seen nor heard in these Olympics. He again garnered only a paltry 1:38 in third period ice-time in a loss to the Canadians today. I'd like to say he'll be playing for bronze against Finland tomorrow morning, but that would invoke him actually seeing a regular shift. So in other words, don't count on that happening.
Game 6: James van Riemsdyk was hit in the face area with a puck at the end of the first period and played only marginally in the second and third periods. This propelled Blake Wheeler into a top line role in which he faired rather decently. Though the Americans were dumped 5-0 in the bronze medal game, Wheeler finished just south of ten minutes in ice-time and was a playmaker alongside Phil Kessel and Zach Parise.