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Andrew Fiorentino

Andrew Fiorentino

A degenerate fantasy-sports player since the age of 13.

With the Olympics coming up, it's worth taking a look at the rosters for some of the teams that aren't stacked with NHL talent for intriguing prospects; while Team USA and Team Canada, among others, are loaded with veterans of pro hockey, the other teams provide an interesting mine of talent. Even Russia, largely chock-full of NHL (or KHL) players, has a young player worth notice: Viktor Tikhonov, grandson of the famous hockey coach and a 2008 first-round pick of the Coyotes. But the other teams, which have fewer superstars, present some opportunities for fantasy prospectors.

NHL fans have seen just 14 games of 21-year-old Red Wings prospect Tomas Jurco so far, but they'll see plenty more of him when he takes the ice with the Slovakian team in Sochi. Jurco's expected to start out on a depth line for Slovakia, but he might well be the most offensively talented player on this roster not named Hossa or Gaborik. Not that his fellow Red Wings youngster Tomas Tatar is chopped liv

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