The ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will showcase hockey's elite talent in one of the most incredible spectacles in the sporting world.
The top five contenders for the coveted gold medal are without a doubt Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the United States.
To see who is favored to medal, reach the final game and win the gold in 2014, check out the full listing for each Olympic team here. Here are the odds for the forward that will finish the 2014 Winter Olympics as the top goal scorer:
Odds for Top Goal Scorer in 2014 Sochi Games:
|Player||Country||Odds||NHL Goals||NHL Club|
|J. Tavares||Canada||11/1||23||NY Islanders|
|I. Kovalchuk||Russia||12/1||(16 in KHL)||SKA St. Petersberg|
|A. Steen||Sweden||16/1||27||St. Louis|
|R. Nash||Canada||14/1||18||NY Rangers|
|J. Pavelski||USA||22/1||29||San Jose|
|V. Filppula||Finland||30/1||20||Tampa Bay|
|A. Radulov||Russia||30/1||(9 in KHL)||CSKA Moscow|
|T. Plekanec||Czech Republic||33/1||17||Montreal|
|M. Zuccarello||Norway||40/1||15||NY Rangers|
|J. Voracek||Czech Republic||50/1||15||Philadelphia|
|J. Jagr||Czech Republic||33/1||17||New Jersey|
|A. Kopitar||Slovenia||66/1||17||Los Angeles|
Five Best Bets
Russian sniper Alex Ovechkin will be carrying an NHL-leading 40 goals into the Sochi games, making him the overarching favorite to take home Sochi's scoring title.
Other than Ovechkin landing at an 11/2 favorite, four valuable lines to wager include America's Patrick Kane (14/1), Canada's Corey Perry (14/1), Slovakia's Marian Hossa (22/1) and Sweden's Alexander Steen (16/1).
Dark Horse Bets
Canada's Patrick Sharp has the potential to explode and dominate the scoring for team Canada, especially if he lands a spot on their likely lethal power play, however the betting line on Sharp to return to Chicago as the leading goal scorer in the Olympics lies at 25/1.
Another dark horse for the Sochi scoring title is Czech Republic's iron man winger Jaromir Jagr. The former fifth-overall pick (drafted when George H.W. Bush was in the White House) is playing in his fifth and likely his last Olympic Games. Jagr will likely carry the burden of the Czech scoring offense, with help from fellow NHL players Patrik Elias, Tomas Plekanec, Ales Hemsky and Jakub Voracek.
Finally, do not sleep on former NHL superstar Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovi was drafted No. 1 overall by the then-Atlanta Thrashers where he spent the first seven years of his career before moving to New Jersey.
Kovalchuk is "really enjoying" life in Russia's elite professional hockey league, the Kontinental Hockey League, despite leaving behind his lucrative 15-year, $100 million contract and the 417 goals he scored over his 11-year NHL career.
Kovalchuk will join Russia's outstanding group of forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk to try to win the gold medal on their home ice.
Who is your pick to take home Sochi's scoring title?
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