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Zemgus Girgensons leads the Latvian forwards.
Projected Forward Lines
Line 1: (LW) Martins Cipulis (C) Zemgus Girgensons (RW) Miks Indrasis
This line has an interesting mix of youth and experience. Girgensons is arguably the most familiar name to NHL fans. The 19-year-old has four goals and 14 points in 41 games with the Buffalo Sabres this season. He has the potential to become an offensive star in the NHL but hasn't reached it yet. He will benefit from the extra room available on international rinks. Cipulis is an experienced veteran who has been a consistent scorer in Latvia's pro league over the years. Indrasis is a steady presence who showed great goal-scoring promise as a teenager.
Line 2: (LW) Lauris Darzins (C) Kaspars Daugavins (RW) Martins Karsums
Daugavins has NHL experience, having played for the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins last season. Karsums has been a consistent goal scorer in the KHL, including a 20-goal season in 2011-12. Darzins is a KHL veteran who has struggled with injuries in recent seasons but has been a consistent offensive player in the past. If all goes well, this line will provide steady secondary scoring.
Line 3: (LW) Ronalds Kenins (C) Armands Berzins (RW) Vitalijs Pavlovs
This will be the checking line for Latvia. Kenins is a defensive-minded veteran of the Swiss League. Berzins was drafted by the Minnesota Wild but never made it further than the ECHL in North America. He has since become an effective checking center in various European leagues. Pavlovs should also play a steady checking role for Latvia.
Line 4: (LW) Koba Jass (C) Janis Sprukts (RW) Juris Stals
Jass is playing in the Czech League this year, and at 23, he could be a fixture for Latvia in international play for years to come. Sprukts is 31 and actually played one NHL game with the Florida Panthers in 2008-09. He has been a steady player in the KHL since, but his offensive production fell off last season and he will be playing more of a checking role now. Stals is a North American minor league veteran who has played recently in the KHL and Slovak league.