It only took a year to iron out, but it's finally official: the NHL will be sending its players to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
The Games aren't until February, but it's never too early to kick start the "who's better? who's best?" debate—especially when it comes to international competitions like the Olympics.
While we don't know which players will be heading overseas, for the most part, it's easy to pick out the top players for each participating nation.
Twelve teams are set to square off for the gold medal in 2014. All of them feature at least a few NHL- (or ex-NHL) caliber players, but that doesn't mean these squads are created equal.
For countries such as Norway that don't feature many prominently known players, we conceived best guesses as to who would be on the first line. If you've got your own ideas for first line players on those teams, don't hesitate to let us know about it in the comments.