Roster Talk '11 – Latvia
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04-27-2011, 03:40 PM
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: Riga, Latvia
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Sandis Ozolins (the team's new G.M, despite still playing in the KHL) just announced the roster for the first round. Despite their hopes, Martins Karsums, who spent time with the Bruins and Lightning, wasn't able to get back into game shape and won't be on the team. One more forward will be cut after today's final exhibition game against Norway (although they'll no doubt be added back for the second round due to their complete lack of depth due to injuries and no-shows). Not at all an ideal line-up, far from it, but they were able to soundly get around Norway with it, so it may be good enough to at least get past Denmark and guarantee a spot in the qualification round, or at the very least avoid relegation if it comes to that.
Edgars Masaļskis (Yugra - KHL)
Mārtiņš Raitums - (Beibarys Atyrau - KAZ)
[Māris Jučers - (Liepajas Metallurgs - BEL)]
Georgijs Pujacs (Sibir Novosibirsk - KHL)
Arvīds Reķis (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Artūrs Kulda (Atlanta Thrashers/Chicago Wolves)
Krišjānis Rēdlihs (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Jēkabs Rēdlihs (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Oskars Cibuļskis (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Kristaps Sotnieks (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Jānis Andersons (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Mārtiņš Cipulis (Amur Khabarovsk - KHL)
Herberts Vasiļjevs (Krefeld Penguins - DEL)
Aleksandrs Ņiživijs (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Miķelis Rēdlihs (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Andris Džeriņš (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Lauris Dārziņš (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Kaspars Saulietis (HPK - SM-liiga)
Ģirts Ankipāns (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Juris Štāls (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Roberts Bukarts (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Gints Meija (Dinamo Riga - KHL)
Roberts Jekimovs (Jokipojat - FIN Mestis)
Sergejs Pečura (Krylia Sovetov - VHL)
Armands Bērziņš (HPK - SM-liiga)
Ronalds Ķēniņš (GC Kusnacht Lions - Swiss NLB)
EDIT: Roberts Jekimovs was released after yesterday's 5-3 win against Norway.
Yep, bad year for team Latvia. We are missing Karsums-Sprukts-Daugavins which is pretty much the second line. The usual first line is getting old (Cipulis-Vasiljevs-Nizivijs, with the latter two reaching mid-30's). The usual third line of Darzins-Dzerins-M.Redlihs (now probably close to being considered the first line given huge jump in development of Darzins and Redlihs in the last two years) is very dangerous and possibly the best line, but is rather weak in the middle.
On defence Latvia will be sorely missing Skrastins, Bartulis and probably also Lavins who is still quite capable.
Goaltending has become a problematic area in the last years with Naumovs retirement. Masalskis is the only proper goalie but is having an off year.
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