Speaking to your regualr season/olympics question: There were more than a few players, league wide, who were having career years right up until they were selected. Sharp was one that built an impressive case and then clearly began playing with less fervor--I do not want to suggest he dogged it, just saying that there was a clear point where there was a mental relaxation happening. He was one player prior to selection, scoring, overdosing on handsome juice, and just driving up Jersey sales, then, he went invisible. Then the playoffs, snake bit. He just never got it back.
OFF TOPIC (but you reminded me of the Olympics): Dustin Brown, David Backes, Timothy Lief Oshie should not have made the Olympic team and the selection crew had their head up their ass. And, by the way, The Canadian selection group was right to not select St Louis for the team.