Power Ranking Every Forward on the 2014 Russia Olympic Hockey Team

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Power Ranking Every Forward on the 2014 Russia Olympic Hockey Team
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When the Winter Olympics begin in Sochi next month, the Russian hockey team will be looking to avenge a disappointing sixth-place showing from Vancouver in 2010. Their nation's expectations will be resting squarely on their shoulders while their home fans do everything in their power to cheer the team on to gold.

To a North American eye, this year's Russian squad is an interesting mix of familiar stars from the NHL and lesser-known players who have carved out important roles in Russia, both in the KHL and with the national team.

Here's a look at Russia's 14 Olympic forwards, ranked by their potential to impact the proceedings as the much-anticipated Olympic hockey tournament unfolds in Sochi.

 

Stats courtesy of NHL.com, EliteProspects.com and Hockey-Reference.com.

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