When the 2014 Winter Olympics commence in Sochi, Russia, the NHL will be on hiatus from Feb. 9-24. The league had 150 players picked, a diverse blend of superstars, stars, grinders and up-and-comers. Of course, with the world watching, a majority of them are expected to contribute.
There’s no doubt those who have been assigned superstar status are going to be at the forefront of each team’s production. But what about the rest? What place do they hold and what is expected of them?
It goes without saying heroes are created in every Olympics. Here’s a look at 10 underrated players who likely will play pivotal roles for their country. And who knows, their contributions just may lead to a miracle.