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04-07-2011, 05:36 AM
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Originally Posted by mattihp View Post
Meh. They've done well with almost no NHLers before.
Usually there is a couple of good players with a lot of routine from the european leagues that act as a backbone for the team, flavoured with some NHL-guys, and some up and coming youngsters. This time around really few of theese euro-star guys will show up.

Some examples:
Johan Davidsson is perhaps past his prime and will turn down the offer anyway
Tony Mårtensson is out of shape and has said no
Magnus Johansson is injured
Stefan Liv has said no
Matthias Weinhandl doesn't seem to be able to come

When not even theese kind of guys shows up, and the NHL-teams rather have their players playing in the AHL-playoffs than in the WC, things look a bit bleaker than usual.

Sweden will probably have a young and fun team, but kind of lack the core of players with routine and documented good european class that usually are on the team. Hopefully that doesn't matter at all, but the awful game against Germany got me thinking...

Ah well, I just think it's boring if it's Swedens c-team or d-team that shows up at the WC.

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