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Sochi 2014: Team Analysis - Russia

Jan Levine

Jan Levine

Levine covers baseball, basketball and hockey for RotoWire. In addition to his column writing, he's the master of the MLB and NHL cheatsheets. In his spare time, he roots for the Mets.

Sochi 2014: Russia Olympic Team Review

EDITORíS NOTE: As part of RotoWireís Olympic Preview for the 22nd Winter Olympiad, we have asked six of our hockey writers to review each team in depth to analyze each teamís strengths and weaknesses, and what they think their chances are for winning the Olympic gold. Make sure you check in each day this week for a new team preview.

Centers: 8 / 10

Regardless of what team you root for or expect to medal, it would be heard to beat Russiaís top-two pivotmen. Datsyuk, despite being 35 and having suffered some injuries, is still a world class, two-way center. Malkin is probably 1a to Crosby in Pittsburgh and elite in his own right. Anisimov is a perfect third-line center, able to score a bit while responsible defensively and physical. Tereschenko has spent his whole career in the KHL while Soin, who can play both center and wing, will be an extra forward.

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