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Zemgus Girgensons, Center
Girgensons is the most talented Latvian player in the world and was taken with the No. 14 pick in the 2012 NHL draft by the Buffalo Sabres.
The 19-year-old center is an excellent two-way player with a physical style of play and strong defensive skills. He's almost always well-positioned and makes the smart play instead of taking risks that lead to turnovers.
Girgensons' offensive skills are slowly developing, but his soft hands and excellent vision make him an above-average playmaker. He's going to play an important role for Latvia in Sochi as the first-line center responsible for scoring goals and creating high-quality scoring chances for teammates.
Edgars Masalskis, Goaltender
Masalskis' previous Olympic experience will instill confidence in his teammates. He’s played in eight World Championships and two Olympic Games, so he’s well aware of the speed and quality competition that his team will face in Sochi.
One aspect of Masajskis' game that will help Latvia’s offense is his puck-handling skills. He’s a strong skater who plays the puck quickly and accurately to evade the opposing team’s forecheck and start the rush up ice.
For Latvia to have any chance of making the qualification round, the team needs a consistently strong performance from Masalskis.
Arturs Kulda, Defenseman
The only NHL player on the blue line will likely be Arturs Kulda, who's played in 15 career games for the Winnipeg Jets franchise.
As a talented offensive defenseman with a powerful shot from the point, good puck-moving skills and impressive size (6'2" and 215 pounds), Kulda will play an important role on the Latvian blue line—one that didn't make much of an impact offensively during the 2013 World Championships.