Thread: Switzerland: Swiss young guns
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08-05-2011, 02:12 PM
Rafik Soliman
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So, I attended to the final practice of the under-18 in Kloten (I was the only spectator together with Marco Bayer and I think Lukas Balmelli's Father... ) and I'm realy curious what that team can reach...

The lines during the practice drills probably will be the ones they'll play at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial and looked like this:

The "Berner"-Line (white):
Julian Schmutz - Christoph Bertschy - Marco Müller

The "Zürcher"-Line (white):
Nicola Brandi - Ramon Diem - Sandro Zangger

The "Ticino"-Line (red):
Dario Simion - Lukas Balmelli - Lukas Sieber

The 4th-Line (red):
Flavio Schmutz - Florian Niedermayer - Vincent Praplan

Anthony Rouiller - Sämi Kreis (white)
Alessandro Lanzarotti - Cyrill Paschoud (red)
Phil Baltisberger - Mirco Müller (white - both born 95 and underager)
Benoit Jecker - (Thomas Studer)

So Alfred Bohren formed "regional" lines and keept teammates mostly together... Thomas Studer played defense during the drills, but will serve during the tournament as the 13th forward....

Robin Kuonen will be the starter for the team and Melvin Nyffeler will serve as the backup... Both are very small, but competitiv. I still don't understand why the SIHA only choose that small goaltenders and they don't see the trend international going with big sized goalies... Actually, there would've been one in with Zug. His Name is Florian Kratzer and he's like 6'3 or even bigger, but for some reason he wasn't even at the Camp in Davos...

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