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Patrick Thoresen, Center
Thoresen is the most skilled forward on the Norway team. He has performed exceptionally in the KHL over the past four years with an average of 22.25 goals scored. He has an accurate shot, impressive speed, good offensive awareness and the ability to make his linemates better.
For Norway to break through a deep and physical Canadian defense in the first game of the group stage, it needs Thoresen to create scoring chances consistently. He's the only forward on the roster capable of producing against top competition, evidenced by his team-leading 18 points (seven goals, 11 assists) at the 2012 World Championships (only Russia's Evgeni Malkin tallied more points).
Lars Haugen, Goaltender
Goaltending is the most important position for Norway because without a strong performance from Haugen, this team will be destroyed by Canada and Finland in the first two games.
He was average at best a few months ago during World Championships, which shouldn't instill much confidence in Norwegian hockey fans. But as the most experienced goalie in regard to international experience, Norway has to make him the starter for the Olympic opener against the defending gold medalists.
Per-Age Skroder, Left Wing
As a veteran forward with many years of experience for Modo Hockey of the Swedish Elite League, Per-Age Skroder will be relied on to produce offensively for a Norway team that lacks scoring outside of the top two lines.
Skroder tallied 35 or more points in six of the past seven seasons in the SEL, and he also brings a much-needed physical presence to a forward group that doesn't have much toughness or truculence.
His combination of leadership, offensive skill and international experience will make him a valuable member of Norway's next Olympic team.