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Mats Zuccarello's play in international tournament's in 2010 helped put him on the New York Rangers' radar.
His lone goal in four games in the 2010 Olympics showcased his ability to succeed on a North American-sized rink. All tournament long, he was flying up and down the ice and utilizing hard work to compensate for any disadvantage his small stature may pose. He also tallied two assists in the Olympics, and in the IIHF World Championships later that year, he scored three goals and one assist in six games for Norway.
Zuccarello should be a shoe-in for Norway's squad, as Bleacher Report's Franklin Steele has him on the top line with Patrick Thoresen and Morten Ask.
As the winger's July 31 arbitration date with the Rangers inches closer, it's unclear what the future holds.
To make matters possibly worse, SNYRangers reports that Zuccarello's Olympic bid could be in jeopardy because of an endorsement deal with a Norweigan betting company that rivals a sponsor to Norway sports.
Norway would be making a huge mistake if they let business get in the way of fielding the best team they could.
Zucc will be on the top line for Norway if he's healthy. No endorsement conflict will stop that.