Team-by-Team Guide to Which NHL Players Are Going to the 2014 Winter Olympics

Lyle Richardson@@SpectorsHockeyFeatured ColumnistJanuary 8, 2014

Team-by-Team Guide to Which NHL Players Are Going to the 2014 Winter Olympics

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    Twelve countries will compete for the gold medal in men's ice hockey at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Group A features host country Russia, Slovenia, Slovakia and the United States. Group B consists of Austria, Canada (the defending champions), Finland and Norway, and Group C is comprised of the Czech Republic, Latvia, Switzerland and Sweden.

    The rosters for the 12 teams have been announced and a considerable number of NHL players made the cut. Indeed, some of these teams are entirely made up of NHL stars. Every NHL team has players headed to Sochi, with some teams seeing a significant number of stars competing in the tournament.

    Here's a listing of the players from each NHL club who will be representing their respective countries in men's ice hockey at the 2014 Winter Olympics.

Anaheim Ducks

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    Cam Fowler, D, USA. Fowler is a skilled puck-mover who is mature behind his years. The 22-year-old could face stiff competition for playing time over his more experienced teammates.

    Ryan Getzlaf, C, Canada. A member of Canada's 2010 gold-medal roster. Getzlaf will likely be paired with Ducks linemate Corey Perry on the second or third line.

    Jonas Hiller, G, Switzerland. He was Switzerland's starting goaltender in 2010 and is expected to play that role again in Sochi.

    Corey Perry, RW, Canada. Like Getzlaf, Perry was also part of Canada's 2010 roster. He and Getzlaf are expected to be linemates on this year's edition.

    Teemu Selanne, RW, Finland. This will be the sixth and final Olympics of Selanne's great playing career. A now-fading star, the 43-year-old could see third or fourth-line duty.

    Jakob Silfverberg, W, Sweden. His quick shot and ability to play either wing could make him a valuable part of Sweden's offensive attack.

    Sami Vatanen, D, Finland. Vatanen's puck-moving skills and accurate shot could land him on Finland's second defense pairing. He could also be used as a power-play specialist.

Boston Bruins

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    Patrice Bergeron, C, Canada. A member of Canada's 2010 roster. Bergeron's gritty two-way style and faceoff skills makes him an invaluable checking line center and penalty-killer.

    Zdeno Chara, D, Slovakia. This will be Chara's third trip to the Olympics. The former Norris Trophy winner will anchor Slovakia's blue line throughout this tournament.

    Loui Eriksson, RW, Sweden. A member of Sweden's 2010 roster, Eriksson is currently sidelined by a concussion. His status for the Sochi Games remains uncertain.

    David Krejci, C, Czech Republic. He was part of the Czech's 2010 Olympic roster. A slick play-maker, Krejci could be the Czech's first-line center.

    Tuukka Rask, G, Finland. Making his Olympic debut, Rask must jockey with Antti Niemi and Kari Lehtonen for the role of Finland's starting goalie.

Buffalo Sabres

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    Jhonas Enroth, G, Sweden. Enroth carried Sweden to gold at the 2013 World Championships. He will back up starter Henrik Lundqvist.

    Zemgus Girgensons, W, Latvia. The 20-year-old is a two-time member of Latvia's World Junior squad. His two-way skills and size make him a valuable part of Latvia's lineup.

    Ryan Miller, G, USA. Miller backstopped Team USA to a silver medal at the 2010 Games. Experience could give him an edge for the starter's role over Jonathan Quick and Jimmy Howard.

    Henrik Tallinder, D, Sweden. Tallinder played for Sweden in 2010, but could face difficulty earning playing time on a deep Swedish defense corps.

Calgary Flames

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    Reto Berra, G, Switzerland. It's the 27-year-old Berra's first trip to the Olympics. He is expected to back up starter Jonas Hiller.

    Ladislav Smid, D, Czech Republic. A physical shot-blocking specialist, Smid will be employed in a shutdown role on the Czech blue line.

Carolina Hurricanes

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    Justin Faulk, D, USA. A promising young defenseman, the 21-year-old Faulk could have difficulty outworking his more experienced teammates for playing time.

    Tuomo Ruutu, RW, Finland. A veteran of numerous international tournaments, including the 2010 Olympics. Ruutu's physical two-way style makes him an effective checking line winger.

    Andrej Sekera, D, Slovakia. His puck-handling skills should serve him well on the big ice in Sochi. He also played for Slovakia at the 2010 Games.

Chicago Blackhawks

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    Michal Handzus, C, Slovakia. Appearing in his third Olympics, Handzus' size and faceoff skills make him an effective penalty-killing center.

    Niklas Hjalmarsson, D, Sweden. A big blueliner with sound defensive skills. Hjalmarsson will see plenty of ice time in a shutdown role.

    Marian Hossa, RW, Slovakia. This is Hossa's fourth trip to the Olympics. He will be counted upon for experienced leadership and clutch scoring.

    Patrick Kane, RW, USA. Kane was part of Team USA's 2010 team. Among the best clutch scorers in the world, he'll be filling the first-line spot on right wing.

    Duncan Keith, D, Canada. The former Norris Trophy winner also won gold with Canada in 2010. He could be reunited with Drew Doughty, his defense partner from the 2010 roster.

    Marcus Kruger, C, Sweden. Kruger has previous international experience, but the 23-year-old could have difficulty getting significant playing time on a deep Swedish team.

    Johnny Oduya, D, Sweden. The 32-year-old's experience and all-round defensive skills makes him a good third-pairing blueliner.

    Michal Rozsival, D, Czech Republic. The 35-year-old is making his first Olympic appearance. Rozsival's mobility and shot-blocking skills makes him a good third-pairing blueliner.

    Patrick Sharp, LW, Canada. Capable of playing all three forward positions, Sharp's versatility, speed and offensive skills make him a valuable addition to Team Canada.

    Jonathan Toews, C, Canada. Toews has won championships at every level, including Olympic gold in 2010. He could be Canada's second-line center.

Colorado Avalanche

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    Matt Duchene, C/W, Canada. Duchene's won gold at several international tournaments. His speed, versatility and two-way skills are tailor-made for the big ice at Sochi.

    Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Sweden. Mature beyond his 21 years, Landeskog should be Sweden's second-line left wing behind Daniel Sedin.

    Paul Stastny, C, USA. Stastny could see duty as a third or fourth-line center. He was part of Team USA at the 2010 Olympics.

    Semyon Varlamov, G, Russia. He backstopped Russia to gold at the 2012 World Championships. He'll contend with 2013 Vezina Trophy winner Sergei Bobrovsky for the starter's job.

Columbus Blue Jackets

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    Artem Anisimov, C, Russia. His two-way skills could see him playing a defensive role on Russia's checking lines.

    Sergei Bobrovsky, G, Russia. Winner of the 2013 Vezina Trophy, Bobrovsky will face stiff competition from Semyon Varlamov for the starting goaltender position.

    Marian Gaborik, RW, Slovakia. A skilled scoring winger and veteran of two Olympic tournaments. Gaborik is recovering from a broken collarbone but should be ready in time for the Sochi Games.

    Nikita Nikitin, D, Russia. His all-round defensive skills could earn Nikitin a spot on Russia's second defense pairing.

    Fedor Tyutin, D, Russia. A two-time Olympian, the 30-year-old Tyutin's experience and defensive savvy make him a key part of Russia's defense.

Dallas Stars

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    Jamie Benn, LW, Canada. The 24-year-old can play center as well as wing. Benn's size and versatility could make him a worthwhile part of Canada's checking lines.

    Kari Lehtonen, G, Finland. Lehtonen has considerable international experience, but faces long odds of outplaying Tuukka Rask and Antti Niemi as Finland's starter.

    Valeri Nichushkin, RW, Russia. Only 18, Nichushkin possesses great size and skating skills. He will have to outwork his more experienced teammates to earn his ice time.

Detroit Red Wings

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    Daniel Alfredsson, RW, Sweden: Alfredsson is attending his fifth and likely his final Olympics. The 41-year-old remains an effective scoring winger and leader.

    Pavel Datsyuk, C, Russia. This will be Datsyuk's fourth trip to the Olympics. He could center Russia's second line and will log big minutes on their special teams.

    Jonathan Ericsson, D, Sweden. Ericsson is sidelined by a broken rib, but he should be ready for the Olympics. His size and defensive skills should earn him a spot on Sweden's third defense pairing.

    Johan Franzen, W, Sweden. Franzen's size, experience and clutch scoring make him a vital part of Sweden's offensive attack. Currently sidelined by a head injury, it's hoped he'll be ready for the Olympics.

    Jonas Gustavsson, G, Sweden. “The Monster” was part of Sweden's 2010 Olympic roster. He could be their third-string goalie behind Henrik Lundqvist and Jhonas Enroth.

    Jimmy Howard, G, USA. Howard played for Team USA at the 2012 World Championships. He'll likely be their third-string goalie behind Ryan Miller and Jonathan Quick.

    Tomas Jurco, LW, Slovakia. Jurco possesses good speed and offensive skill. The 21-year-old could face stiff competition from his experienced teammates for playing time.

    Niklas Kronwall, D, Sweden. The hard-hitting, big-minute blueliner will be an invaluable part of Sweden's defense corps. He was part of Sweden's gold-medal team in 2006.

    Tomas Tatar, LW, Slovakia. Tatar can play all three forward positions and has experience in several international tournaments.

    Henrik Zetterberg, LW, Sweden. Among the best, most versatile and respected forwards in the hockey world. Little wonder Sweden named him team captain.

Edmonton Oilers

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    Anton Belov, D, Russia. A good all-round defenseman, Belov's years playing in Russia's Kontinental Hockey League could give him an edge over some of his NHL counterparts.

    Ales Hemsky, RW, Czech Republic. Hemsky was part of the Czech Republic's bronze-winning team in 2006. Still a skilled playmaker, he could see duty on their top two lines.

    Martin Marincin, D, Slovakia. The 21-year-old has promise and plenty of World Junior experience. He'll have to work hard to garner playing time.

Florida Panthers

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    Aleksander Barkov, C, Finland. Only 18 and an NHL rookie, the promising Barkov's size and skills could provide a boost to Finland's offense.

    Tomas Kopecky, W, Slovakia. Kopecky's defensive skills makes him a key part of Slovakia's checking lines. He was also part of their 2010 Olympic team.

Los Angeles Kings

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    Dustin Brown, LW, USA. Brown should be a physical presence on Team USA's checking lines. He was also part of their 2010 squad.

    Jeff Carter, W/C, Canada. A big scoring forward who can play wing or center as well as kill penalties. Carter could see second or third-line duty.

    Drew Doughty, D, Canada. Doughty's a big-minute defenseman who was a standout during Canada's gold-medal triumph in Vancouver . He could be reunited with Duncan Keith, his defense partner from the 2010 roster.

    Anze Kopitar, C, Slovenia. Kopitar's his country's biggest star and the only NHL player on their roster. He'll be expected to provide offense and leadership against very tough Olympic competition.

    Jonathan Quick, G, USA. It's been Quick and Miller for the starting goalie role. Quick was part of Team USA's 2010 roster.

    Slava Voynov, D, Russia. Voynov's offensive skills, particularly on the power-play, should garner him top-four minutes on Russia's blue line.

Minnesota Wild

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    Mikael Granlund, W, Finland. Only 21, since 2009, Granlund has played in several international tournaments. He's a strong playmaker who can play all three forward positions.

    Mikko Koivu, C, Finland. Currently sidelined by ankle surgery, it's hoped Koivu will be ready in time for Sochi. His absence could be a serious blow to Finland's offense.

    Nino Niederreiter, RW, Switzerland. A veteran of several international tournaments, the 21-year-old could be a top-six winger for the Swiss.

    Zach Parise, LW, USA. Parise is currently sidelined by a foot injury but expects to be healthy for the Olympics. A member of their  2010 squad, Parise could be Team USA's top-line left wing.

    Ryan Suter, D, USA. Suter also played for Team USA in 2010. He's their best defenseman and will anchor their blue line in Sochi.

Montreal Canadiens

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    Peter Budaj, G, Slovakia. Budaj was the starter for Slovakia in the 2006 Winter Olympics. It's expected he'll back up Jaroslav Halak.

    Raphael Diaz, D, Switzerland. A smooth-skating blueliner, Diaz could be on Switzerland's top-four pairings. He also played for their 2010 Olympic team.

    Alexei Emelin, D, Russia. He'll be employed as a physical shutdown defenseman. Emelin has also seen action in other international tournaments.

    Andrei Markov, D, Russia. A veteran of two previous Olympics, the 35-year-old Markov is Russia's best defenseman. They'll look to him for leadership as well as his defensive skills.

    Max Pacioretty, LW, USA. This is Pacioretty's first trip to the Olympics. A power forward with strong scoring skills, he could fill the second line spot on left wing.

    Tomas Plekanec, C, Czech Republic. A skilled two-way center, Plekanec could be once again paired with Jaromir Jagr. He was part of their 2010 Olympic roster.

    Carey Price, G, Canada. Price is among this season's best NHL goaltenders. The starting goalie role on Team Canada is his to lose.

    P.K. Subban, D, Canada. The big ice in Sochi should be tailor-made for the swift-skating Subban. The 2013 Norris Trophy winner could have to work hard to earn the confidence of Canada's coaching staff.

Nashville Predators

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    Roman Josi, D, Switzerland. The 23-year-old is expected to be on Switzerland's top defense pairing. Josi was the top defenseman and MVP of the 2013 World Championships.

    Shea Weber, D, Canada. An elite defenseman with a bullet shot and all-round skills, Weber is expected to be on one of Canada's top two defense pairings. He was also a member of their 2010 Olympic team.

New Jersey Devils

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    Damien Brunner, RW, Switzerland. Brunner's currently sidelined by a knee injury. If he recovers in time for Sochi, he'll be among Switzerland's top-six forwards.

    Patrik Elias, C, Czech Republic. The Sochi Games will mark Elias' fourth Olympics. It's expected he'll center their second line.

    Jaromir Jagr, W, Czech Republic. This will be the fifth Olympics for Jagr, who turns 41 during the Games. Still a dangerous scorer, he could be paired with center Tomas Plekanec.

    Marek Zidlicky, D, Czech Republic. Zidlicky could be part of the Czech's top two defense pairings. The 36-year-old is attending his third Olympics.

New York Islanders

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    Michael Grabner, LW, Austria. Grabner's explosive speed and ability to play both wings makes him one of Austria's top forwards.

    John Tavares, C, Canada. An NHL superstar in his own right, Tavares could end up as a third-line center on a deep Canadian squad.

    Thomas Vanek, W, Austria. His country's top player, Vanek will be expected to provide offense and leadership.

    Lubomir Visnovsky, D, Slovakia. A skilled offensive defenseman, Visnovsky remains sidelined by a concussion. It remains to be seen if he'll be ready for Sochi.

New York Rangers

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    Ryan Callahan, RW, USA. A gritty two-way winger, Callahan could see duty on the third line and in penalty-killing situations. He was part of Team USA's 2010 roster.

    Carl Hagelin, LW, Sweden. A skilled two-way player who can play either wing, Hagelin should see duty on Sweden's checking lines.

    Henrik Lundqvist, G, Sweden. “King Henrik” will be Sweden's starting goalie in this tournament. Led Sweden to Olympic gold in 2006.

    Ryan McDonagh, D, USA. McDonagh is arguably Team USA's best all-round defenseman. He could be on their first defense pairing.

    Rick Nash, RW, Canada. Hampered by injuries this season, it's hoped he'll be as powerful a presence as he was in the 2010 Olympics.

    Derek Stepan, C, USA. Given Team USA's depth at center, Stepan could find it difficult getting regular playing time at this tournament.

    Mats Zuccarello, W, Norway. The only NHL player on Norway's roster, this will be his second Olympics.

Ottawa Senators

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    Erik Karlsson, D, Sweden. Karlsson is among the top offensive blueliners at this tournament. The 2012 Norris Trophy winner should be part of Sweden's top defense pairing.

    Milan Michalek, W, Czech Republic. Michalek was part of the Czech's 2010 Olympic roster. He could fill the left wing spot on their first line.

Philadelphia Flyers

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    Andrej Meszaros, D, Slovakia. He's among their most experienced defensemen. This marks his third trip to the Olympics.

    Michael Raffl, LW, Austria. A promising winger, Raffl should see action as a top-six winger for Austria.

    Mark Streit, D, Switzerland. The 36-year-old has considerable international experience, including two Olympics. He should see action as a top-four defenseman.

    Kimmo Timonen, D, Finland. This will be the 38-year-old's fifth and probably final Olympics. Timonen will provide experienced leadership to Finland's defense corps.

    Jakub Voracek, RW, Czech Republic. This will be Voracek's first Olympic tournament. A rising young star, the 24-year-old could challenge for a spot on their top two lines.

Phoenix Coyotes

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    Oliver Ekman-Larsson, D, Sweden. One of the best defensemen in the world, Ekman-Larsson should be part of their first defense pairing.

    Martin Hanzal, C, Czech Republic. A big, strong two-way center, Hanzal could see duty as a checking line pivot.

    Lauri Korpikoski, W, Finland. Swift and energetic, Korpikoski is a solid addition to Finland's checking lines.

    Zbynek Michalek, D, Czech Republic. Michalek's a strong shot-blocking, shutdown defender. Played for the Czech's 2010 Olympic team.

    Mike Smith, G, Canada. This marks Smith's debut in international competition. Hes expected to be Canada's third-string goalie behind Carey Price and Roberto Luongo.

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    Sidney Crosby, C, Canada. Considered by many observers as the best player in the world, Crosby scored the gold-medal-winning goal in the 2010 Olympics. He's a lock as the team's top center.

    Jussi Jokinen, W, Finland. A slick puck-handler capable of playing all three forward positions. Jokinen was part of Finland's 2010 Olympic roster.

    Chris Kunitz, LW, Canada. A physical offensive winger, Kunitz is expected to be paired with Penguins teammate Sidney Crosby on Canada's first line.

    Olli Maatta, D, Finland. Only 19, Maatta possesses excellent two-way skills. He's also seen international action at the World Juniors.

    Evgeni Malkin, C, Russia. As his country's most-gifted offensive pivot, Malkin is expected to center Russia's top line alongside team captain Alexander Ovechkin.

    Paul Martin, D, USA. Currently recovering from a broken leg. He hopes to be ready for Sochi, where he could be paired with Orpik.

    Brooks Orpik, D, USA. Orpik was part of Team USA's 2010 silver-medal squad. He's expected to be on the third defense pairing in a shutdown role.

San Jose Sharks

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    Patrick Marleau, LW, Canada. His speed, offensive skills and versatility at wing or center makes Marleau a key part of Canada's lineup. He was also part of Canada's 2010 roster.

    Antti Niemi, G, Finland. Niemi's making his first trip to the Olympics, where he'll be contending with Tuukka Rask for the starter's job.

    Joe Pavelski, C, USA. He can play any forward position and is a strong presence in the faceoff circle. He was a solid performer for Team USA in the 2010 Olympics.

    Marc-Edouard Vlasic, D, Canada. A mobile blueliner who is also defensively responsible. Vlasic could end up as Canada's seventh defenseman.

St. Louis Blues

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    David Backes, C, USA. An aggressive two-way forward who can also play on the wing. Backes was a member of Team USA's 2010 roster.

    Patrik Berglund, C, Sweden. Berglund's a skilled puck-handler and possesses good two-way skill. Could see action on Sweden's checking lines.

    Jay Bouwmeester, D, Canada. Bouwmeester has considerable international experience and was part of Canada's 2006 Olympic team. He's expected to be paired with Alex Pietrangelo.

    Jaroslav Halak, G, Slovakia. Carried Slovakia to a surprising fourth-place finish in the 2010 Olympics. He will be their starting goaltender in Sochi.

    T.J. Oshie, RW, USA. A strong two-way forward who can also play center. Oshie also has international experience, having played in three World Championships.

    Alex Pietrangelo, D, Canada. Pietrangelo is considered among the best defensemen in the NHL. He and Bouwmeester are expected to form one of Canada's top defensive pairings.

    Vladimir Sobotka, C, Czech Republic. Capable of playing center or wing, Sobotka's defensive skills makes him a valuable depth forward.

    Kevin Shattenkirk, D, USA. An excellent offensive blueliner. Shattenkirk should be on Team USA's top-four defense pairings and see plenty of power-play time.

    Alexander Steen, LW, Sweden. He was among the NHL's leading goalscorers until sidelined by a concussion. If Steen recovers in time for Sochi, he'll be a key part of Sweden's offense.

    Vladimir Tarasenko, RW, Russia. Tarasenko has considerable offensive upside but could face an uphill battle earning playing time away from more experienced teammates.

Tampa Bay Lightning

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    Valtteri Filppula, C, Finland. Swift, creative and capable of playing all three forward positions. Filppula will be a vital part of Finland's scoring lines.

    Radko Gudas, D, Czech Republic. His strong physical play could give him an edge in securing a spot on the Czech's third defense pairing.

    Ondrej Palat, LW, Czech Republic. Palat's playmaking skills should make him a valuable addition. This will be his first Olympic tournament.

    Richard Panik, RW, Slovakia. A skilled, promising winger. It's Panik's first trip to the Olympics.

    Sami Salo, D, Finland. For the 39-year-old Salo, this is his fourth Olympics and likely his last. He's expected to be part of their top-four defense pairings.

    Steven Stamkos, C, Canada. One of the game's top players. Stamkos is making a swift recovery from a broken leg, but it remains uncertain if he'll be ready for Sochi.

Toronto Maple Leafs

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    Phil Kessel, RW, USA. He's blossomed into a true scoring star since his first Olympics in 2010. His speed and offensive wizardry should make him a top-six winger for Team USA.

    Nikolai Kulemin, RW, Russia. His versatility at playing either wing combined with his two-way skills could ensure Kulemin a spot on Russia's checking lines.

    James van Riemsdyk, LW, USA. A big winger with speed and excellent scoring skills. He should be in contention for a top-six spot.

Vancouver Canucks

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    Alexander Edler, D, Sweden. Edler possesses considerable all-round skills. He's currently sidelined by a lower body injury but should be ready in time for Sochi.

    Dan Hamhuis, D, Canada. A skilled defensive blueliner with experience in international tournaments. Hamhuis will likely be on Canada's third defense pairing.

    Ryan Kesler, C, USA. Kesler is a terrific two-way center who can also play right wing. He's a returning member of their 2010 Olympic roster.

    Roberto Luongo, G, Canada. Backstopped Canada to a gold medal in 2010. Despite his years of international experience, he could be Carey Price's backup at Sochi.

    Daniel and Henrik Sedin, LW and C, Sweden. There's no doubt the twins will play together on the first line. It's the third Olympics for the pair, who were part of Sweden's gold-medal team in 2006.

    Yannick Weber, D, Switzerland. Weber's big shot should ensure he sees plenty of power-play time for Switzerland. Played on their 2010 Olympic roster.

Washington Capitals

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    Nicklas Backstrom, C, Sweden. An elite playmaking center who also has sound two-way skills. Backstrom should fill the second-line center role.

    John Carlson, D, USA. A skilled blueliner with good size who thrives in the defensive zone. He could earn a spot on the second defense pairing.

    Alexander Ovechkin, RW, Russia. The game's most explosive scoring star, he'll be counted upon to carry Russia to gold on home ice. Ovechkin is expected to be paired with Evgeni Malkin to provide Russia with a lethal one-two scoring punch.

Winnipeg Jets

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    Michael Frolik, W, Czech Republic. Frolik is a skilled playmaker who can also play all three forward positions.

    Olli Jokinen, C, Finland. Having won Olympic silver and gold, this could be Jokinen's last chance to win a gold medal. He'll likely be their third-line center.

    Ondrej Pavelec, G, Czech Republic. Has represented his country in three World Championships. Expected to be the Czech's starting goalie.

    Blake Wheeler, RW, USA. A big, skilled scoring winger. Wheeler could be hard-pressed to beat out Patrick Kane, Ryan Callahan, Phil Kessel and T.J. Oshie for playing time on the right wing.


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