It's no surprise when countries like Canada, the United States, Russia, Sweden, Finland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia produce NHL players that pay dividends in fantasy hockey leagues.
But the first month of the 2013-14 season has seen Denmark emerge as a new source of fantasy assets.
Despite Denmark not having much of a history producing NHL talent, that trend is changing quickly for the Scandinavian country. Of the six Danish-born players who have suited up for an NHL team this regular season (Nielsen, Frederik Andersen, Mikkel Boedker, Lars Eller, Jannik Hansen, Peter Regin), four are owned in at least 10 percent of Yahoo Fantasy leagues.
Here's the lowdown on those four fantasy-relevant players and why owners should take them seriously moving forward.
Current Yahoo ownership: 66 percent
Nielsen, the Islanders' second-line center, is off to the most productive start of his career. Through 12 games, he's tied for seventh in the NHL in points (15) and already has three three-point outings. He's had at least one shot on goal in every game this season and has even outperformed John Tavares to this point. He's a must-own player in all league formats and is gaining the respect of fans around the League with consistent point-production.
Current Yahoo ownership: 58 percent
Eller, who finished October with five goals, four assists, 12 PIMs, 28 hits and 31 shots on goal, has shown flashes of brilliance alongside Montreal Canadiens youngsters Alex Galchenyuk and Brendan Gallagher. The 24-year-old was projected to be the team's third-line center heading into the season, but is seeing by far the most power-play ice time of his career (2:14 per game) while logging the second-most ice time (233:28) among Habs forwards this season.
Current Yahoo ownership: 18 percent
GAA: 1.50 | SVP: 0.944
Current Yahoo ownership: 10 percent
Not only did Andersen pick up the first win by a Danish goalie in NHL history, he's off to a near-perfect start (3-0-0, 1.50 goals-against average, .944 save percentage). Playing for the Ducks, an organization with incredible goalie depth, Andersen should see occasional starts as Jonas Hiller's backup, at least until Viktor Fasth returns from injury. As our fantasy goalie expert Justin Goldman noted, Anderson could benefit largely if Anaheim trades one of its netminders.