It's become a common sight to see an executive associated with the Canadian Olympic team scouting from press boxes across the National Hockey League. The architects of the team Canada will bring to the 2014 Sochi Olympics are taking and comparing notes on a regular basis.
Executive Director Steve Yzerman is tasked with putting it all together. He routinely dispatches himself and his chief lieutenants -- Doug Armstrong, Ken Holland, Peter Chiarelli and Kevin Lowe -- around the League to check in with the players that are under consideration.
The players know they're watching. They're trying to impress.