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lostpuppysyndrome 12-03-2012 10:01 AM

2013 WJHC Tournament
 
Haven't seen anyone post on it yet, so I guess I'll kick it off: anyone going to watch the WJHC tournament this year? Canada's selection camp will be revealed at 12:30pm ET today (TSN's coverage), while Team USA will deliver theirs tomorrow (Tuesday) at 10am (News and updates at www.usahockey.com). I never hear a peep about it here in MN, while TSN airs every single game in Canada. Anyone else planning to watch?

TZM 12-03-2012 11:26 AM

I'm going to watch for sure.

Finland's got a pretty decent group of guys. Barkov being probably the most anticipated. Both NA teams seem pretty darn strong once again. I think Sweden is pretty even with Finland. Russian names are so similiar to be that I have no clue what caliber their team is.

Anyway it's gonna be an exciting tournament to follow. It's great to see these highly touted prospects play a full game instead of just some measly highlights.

Jarick 12-03-2012 12:42 PM

Per Bob McKenzie, Dumba and Graovac invited to WJC camp.

lostpuppysyndrome 12-03-2012 01:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TZM (Post 56207167)
I'm going to watch for sure.

Finland's got a pretty decent group of guys. Barkov being probably the most anticipated.

I recognize Maatta, Markus Granlund, and Armia. Any others to keep any eye on from Finland?

Puhis 12-03-2012 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lostpuppysyndrome (Post 56209603)
I recognize Maatta, Markus Granlund, and Armia. Any others to keep any eye on from Finland?

Rasmus Ristolainen, 2013 draft eligible D-man. Potential top-5 pick. A solid two-way/defensive D-man with a good shot and decent skating ability.

Artturi Lehkonen, also 2013 eligible. Potential first rounder, a good skater with soft hands and a lethal wrister.

Other names to watch: Juuso Ikonen (2013 draft eligible, forward), Teuvo Teräväinen (2012 1st round pick, forward), Olli Määttä (2012 1st round pick) and Ville Pokka (2012 2nd round pick).

This squad looks finally solid both offensively and defensively. Finland has traditionally been fast and gritty, but this year we may finally have skill to go with that as well as defensive depth. That being said, a medal would be a surprise but certainly a possibility.

squidz* 12-03-2012 02:07 PM

Considering how Lucia has come back from his injury, he should be at the camp and I'd expect him to make the team.

TZM 12-03-2012 02:27 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by lostpuppysyndrome (Post 56209603)
I recognize Maatta, Markus Granlund, and Armia. Any others to keep any eye on from Finland?

I'll just copy what I posted on WJC '13 Finland Roster thread:

Quote:

It's actually rather balanced group of guys. Not much high-end talent but I find this year a little bit better than last year. A lot of SM-liiga experience too.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Huokaus (Post 56205181)
Goalies:
Janne Juvonen, Pelicans
Joonas Korpisalo, Jokerit
Eetu Laurikainen, Swift Current Broncos (WHL)

Defencemen:
Henri Auvinen, JYP-Akatemia
Petteri Lindbohm, Jokerit
Esa Lindell, Jokerit
Olli Määttä, London Knights (OHL)
Ville Pokka, Kärpät
Juuso Riikola, KalPa
Rasmus Ristolainen, TPS
Juuso Vainio, HPK
Mikko Vainonen, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Joonas Valkonen, Blues Espoo.

Forwards:
Miro Aaltonen, Blues
Joel Armia, Ässät
Aleksander Barkov, Tappara
Markus Granlund, HIFK
Henrik Haapala, Tappara
Markus Hännikäinen, Jokerit
Juuso Ikonen, Blues
Henri Ikonen, Kingston Frontenacs (OHL)
Ville Järveläinen, Peliitat
Matti Lamberg, Jokerit
Artturi Lehkonen, KalPa
Robert Leino, HPK
Thomas Nykopp, HIFK
Saku Salminen, Jokerit
Miikka Salomäki, Kärpät
Teuvo Teräväinen, Jokerit

Bolded the guys you should keep an eye on, imo ofcourse. Lehkonen is the most "in radar" one for me.
I don't know why I haven't bolded Joel Armia. He's a bit lazy sometimes but does own a nice scoring touch.

lostpuppysyndrome 12-03-2012 02:58 PM

I'm interested in watching Jacob Trouba too. He almost makes me want to cheer for Michigan, but then again, no, Michigan sucks. The way that kid lays other chumps out flat is scary. He's gonna rock in a Jets uniform.

muuska 12-03-2012 04:15 PM

Finland, Helsinki 20.12-22.12. Four WJHC Premiere Game.

20.12. klo 16.30 Finland - Canada (Valtti Arena)
20.12. klo 19.30 USA - Sweden (Valtti Arena)
22.12. klo 13.00 Finland - USA (Helsinki Ice Hall)
22.12. klo 16.00 Canada - Sweden (Helsinki Ice Hall)

One day ticket:16€ on Lippupalvelu (www.lippupalvelu.fi)

So, these are the games just before tournament, so i quess that we are gonna see the final rosters on those teams.

Jaykay 12-03-2012 05:04 PM

I would be surprised if Graovac made the team but I hope he proves me wrong. Good for him!

Jarick 12-03-2012 05:17 PM

Graovac is a long shot but Dumba might not be a sure thing either.

Victorious Secret 12-03-2012 05:28 PM

I see Dumba making this a lot easier than before. No Ceci, Pulock, Siemens. A lot easier. Graovac, I'm glad he got invited. A little surprised.

Lucia should be a lock for the U.S.

Think Brodin will be back in time for Sweden?

lostpuppysyndrome 12-04-2012 08:13 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Victorious Secret (Post 56215737)
Think Brodin will be back in time for Sweden?

All signs point to no. PHT reports that he won't be there, and neither will Klefbom (injured) or Zibanejad (OTT won't let him go).

lostpuppysyndrome 12-04-2012 08:18 AM

Finland's roster and short Barkov write-up on PHT blog.

lostpuppysyndrome 12-04-2012 11:20 AM

USA Preliminary roster. Phil Housley is head coach, Grant Potulny is one of the assistants. Only 3 return players from last year.

GopherState 12-04-2012 12:41 PM

One of those players is Lucia.

TZM 12-04-2012 01:22 PM

I guess I've got to go see FIN-USA and CAN-SWE (Dec 22nd) premiere games in Helsinki Ice Hall. Any fellow Finns here doing the same thing?

keppel146 12-04-2012 02:34 PM

thank goodness for Galchenyuk on USA, too bad Ill be gone for the good games. But it starts the 26th or 27th right? I'm predicting the USA in the top 4. Will USA medal? Finlands got a better squad than I thought, I forgot about half of their team, pokka, ristolainen, armia

IHaveNoCreativity 12-04-2012 09:33 PM

Finland will be strong.

InjuredChoker 12-06-2012 02:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TZM (Post 56235597)
I guess I've got to go see FIN-USA and CAN-SWE (Dec 22nd) premiere games in Helsinki Ice Hall. Any fellow Finns here doing the same thing?

Yeah, I'm probably doing the same thing.

Unless I manage to forgot to buy Christmas presents buy then (yet again :laugh:).

Will be interesting tournament for sure.

Puhis 12-06-2012 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by kemisti (Post 56303139)
Yeah, I'm probably doing the same thing.

Unless I manage to forgot to buy Christmas presents buy then (yet again :laugh:).

Will be interesting tournament for sure.

I might be joining you two as well. An excellent opportunity to see loads of top prospects live.

Have you ordered tickets yet? I'm probably getting some cash tomorrow or early next week. Should we plan some sort of a HF mini meet-up there? Would be interesting to analyze the games & players with fellow HFers.

lostpuppysyndrome 12-12-2012 08:24 AM

The teams this year seem more evenly matched than I've seen in the past, though I still have my money on Canada. Russia, US, Sweden, and Finland all look pretty strong. Yet another reason to look forward to going to Winnipeg over New Years.

Puhis 12-12-2012 02:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maxwell Goldshadow (Post 56305155)
I might be joining you two as well. An excellent opportunity to see loads of top prospects live.

Have you ordered tickets yet? I'm probably getting some cash tomorrow or early next week. Should we plan some sort of a HF mini meet-up there? Would be interesting to analyze the games & players with fellow HFers.

So, have you? I'm thinking of going to see the games in 22nd. Anyone else going?

TZM 12-12-2012 02:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Maxwell Goldshadow (Post 56483039)
So, have you? I'm thinking of going to see the games in 22nd. Anyone else going?

Haven't got tickets yet. Same day. Finland - USA and Sweden - Canada.

E: And yeah the meet-up thing could be fun. No-one sacrificed their time to watch the game with me so I'm all up for it.

Puhis 12-12-2012 03:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TZM (Post 56483297)
Haven't got tickets yet. Same day. Finland - USA and Sweden - Canada.

E: And yeah the meet-up thing could be fun. No-one sacrificed their time to watch the game with me so I'm all up for it.

Tickets are available on Lippu.fi.

What confuses me is the fact that they are "unnumbered", meaning you pretty much have to arrive early for good seats, or have I gotten something wrong here?

Anyway, the tickets are 19,50€ including the "handling costs", which are 3,50€ if you pick up the tickets from any lippu.fi dealer.

It really seems to me there are no numbered seats so I guess we don't have to plan it that way. I'm going, it seems that you're going, anyone else fancy joining?


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