Getting a good look at NHL players who are likely to be on the trading block is one more reason to tune into the Sochi Olympic games.
Even in the preliminary round robin games, watching how players like Jaromir Jagr of the Czech Republic and Marian Gaborik of Slovakia showcase their talents and interact with potential future linemates and opponents could prove very insightful for the NHL games that follow.
Who are the 10 players we'll be watching most closely?
To find the key players most likely to be moved by the March 5th trade deadline, we searched CapGeek.com for a list of all the pending unrestricted free agents playing for teams that are currently outside a playoff position, and filtered in only those who are going to Sochi. To that, we added other Olympians rumored to be coming available and then sorted them all by the potential impact they could have down the stretch.
Each of these players bring different elements to their teams and will therefore have different aspects of their games in the spotlight next month. A prominent role and a medal-winning performance from any of these players could significantly change the landscape at the trade deadline. Let's begin.
All advanced statistics are via writer's own original research unless otherwise noted.