PLAYERS TO WATCH
RUSSIA — Ilya Kovalchuk, F: Old, sure, but don’t underestimate anybody with generational shooting talent ... Pavel Datsyuk, F: Wizard-like puck-handler in his prime, can he still be productive on big stage?
CANADA — Ben Scrivens, G: Has been all right for Canada in nine games this season, posting a .900 SV% ... Derek Roy, F – Exbuffalo Sabre, now 34, had 81 points in 78 NHL games back in 2010-11
UNITED STATES — Ryan Zapolski, G: Two seasons in ECHL, three in Finland, two in KHL, now the Olympics? ... Jordan Greenway, F: Twenty-year-old is first black player in U.S. Olympic men’s hockey.
SWEDEN — Jhonas Enroth, G: Former NHL backup has found hockey home in KHL Minsk (.924 SV%) ... Rasmus Dahlin, D: Unanimous top pick for this summer’s draft is tournament’s biggest draw.
FINLAND — Miro Heiskanen, D: No. 3 pick in 2017 NHL draft is enjoying fine season in highest Finnish league ... Eeli Tolvanen, F: Set record for most KHL points by an 18-year-old (17 goals, 17 assists in 47 games).
CZECH REPUBLIC — Martin Erat, F: Long-time Nashville Predator’s pro career winding down in highest Czech league ... Roman Cervenka, F: Played 39 games with Calgary, despite going undrafted.