Slovak National Team (Olympics, WHC, Deutschland Cup, Friendlies etc.)
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04-19-2009, 03:55 AM
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Sorry I am off topic, but it is my final words on the U18 team. It is amazing to me, so many relegation games over the past 15 years of Slovak hockey, and not once has SVK ever been relegated at any level.
They seem best in the world at staying alive.
Judging from statistics, today's big win over Switzerland was because of the play of Juraj Holly.
I am not sure what to say of this team. They were terrible. I'm not sure what the cause of that was. The three North American based players (perhaps Bortnak is an exception) were really bad. Hrivik didn't do as much as I thought. Same for Stastny. Perhaps the best player on the team was a guy who would have been born in 1993 if he was born 2-3 days later. With Jurco, Slovakia appears to have another great forward in the making.
Well the U20 team came the closest to relegation in 2007 and thatīs where the turnaround with the U20 team started (winning the RR without a problem in 2008 and now the 4th place this year)
But there was somethin really weird about this U18 team, I mean they obviously arenīt as good as CAN, USA, SWE, RUS or FIN, but come on 2-7, 0-12,0-7?? that is just too much. I have heard some rumors that theyīre thinking about putting the U18 team into 1.liga, maybe that would be a good idea and it would have more continuity with the U20 team, but itīs just short term solution.
There should be finally done something systematic. Where are the 10 small arenas like MG rink that were supposed to be built after the 2002 WC? Why in hell are the kids forced to take shifts exactly after one minute until they are 14?? How many NHL players did grow up in Italy thanks to this oh so great system?? Why are only kids of rich parents playing hockey?? And why is there nepotism even in the junior national teams?? Why donīt we have events like Orange Minihokej tour for the 4th graders more often?? Why donīt we have our coaches learning from the Canadien and now Swedisch coaches who are the best in growing young talent?? Why isnīt something done about the level of Slovak junior league to stop the exodus to Czech junior/CHL?? And why isnīt the number legionars in Slovnaft Extraliga team limited to a certain number? The clubs would think twice than about playing A Czech player who would have toruble playing in Czech 1.liga over a talented juniorfrom their own system. And that is just a small amount of things that need to be changed.
About Jurco, looking at his stats 5pts(2g,3a),+/-0,2PIM,18shots in 6 games, itīs quiet good considering heīs almost two years younger than most players. It seems that we have at least some high-end forward prospects in the early 90īs- Tatar, Panik, Pulis and now Jurco, it is at least something. Considering the fact that Jurco finished among the top 20 of the U20 league scoring Iīm hoping that heīll at least get a tryout with the U20 team.
Also about Holly, my guess is that he probably detroyed his chance of getting drafted this June despite a good performance against Switzerland (once again itīs not him who gets the player of the game award
5G 5.75GAA 85.35% this is not what the numbers of the 3rd ranked goalie among European goaltenders should look.
BTW you might have noticed that M.Preisinger and F. Janosik did not play in the last two games and the reason for this is that they supposedly brought prostitutes to their hotel room
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