Even though he played 84 NHL games with three teams earlier this decade, I have to admit I knew next to nothing about Stefan Elliott when he was named to Canada's Olympic team.
Elliott, a 26-year-old defenceman, starred in the BC Major Midget League in his native Vancouver before moving to Saskatoon to play WHL hockey with the Blades.
He was drafted in the second round by the Colorado Avalanche in 2009 and split his time between the NHL and minor leagues from 2011 to 2016, scoring 24 points in 84 career games with the Avalanche, Phoenix Coyotes and Nashville Predators.
He is currently playing for HV71 in the Swedish Hockey League where he is second on the team in scoring amongst defencemen with 12 points in 19 games this season.
Former NHLer Todd Harkins has been a part of Elliott's development since he was a teenager. He is full of praise for the young defenseman.
"Stefan was just a very smooth skating, cerebral defenceman that controlled the play from the back end. Very smart and a very high hockey IQ."