It's no surprise to anyone who's seen Tomas Fleischmann play this year that the 25-year-old Caps forward will represent his country in Vancouver:
When the Czechs take the ice in Vancouver, opposing nations will want to pay strict attention to the team's forwards, who are one of the most talented contingents among hockey's elite at the 2010 Winter Olympics.
The Czech Republic announced its provisional roster Wednesday, and not surprisingly, there is considerable firepower on its way to Vancouver.
New Jersey's Patrik Elias, Washington's Tomas Fleischmann, Minnesota's Martin Havlat, Montreal's Tomas Plekanec, Nashville's Martin Erat, Ottawa's Milan Michalek and Boston's David Krejci all have shown the ability to score at the NHL level.
They will be joined in Vancouver by another winger who has shown the ability to score the odd goal or two, Jaromir Jagr, who now plays for Avangard Omsk in the KHL, but starred in the NHL from 1990 to 2008.
More at NHL.com. Team Canada announcement coming at noon, so stay tuned.