Austria Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Full 25-Man Roster, Projected Lines, Pairings

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Austria Olympic Hockey Team 2014: Full 25-Man Roster, Projected Lines, Pairings
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Heading into the 2014 Winter Olympics, most hockey folks aren't giving the Austrian squad the time of day. The team only features three current NHL players, and only Thomas Vanek is a bona fide game-breaking forward.

Remember that Austria played for and won the right to play for a medal in Sochi though. Will they be able to secure enough points to get out of Group B in the first place? Could they come up with one of the biggest upsets in Olympic history by taking down either Finland or Canada?

More so than just about any other sport, the correct combination of players can beat anyone else on any given night. Austria isn't a safe place to put your money if you're a betting man, but it's the Olympics—as such, this is the best team that the nation could put together, and if the opposition doesn't take them seriously, they could end up on the wrong side of the scoreboard.

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