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09-16-2011, 04:46 AM
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Originally Posted by MaxV View Post
Dadonov has a shot, but Russia is REALLY deep at his position.

The most interesting position for this roster is defense.

It seems that Russia has plenty of offensive-minded D prospects, but not so much of defensive-minded blue-liners.

Kulikov, Orlov, Voynov, Goncharov, Chudinov, Rylov, Marchenko, Alexandrov, Nesterov and Yarullin are all talented young blue-liners that have a chance to be on the roster, but they all are at their best as offensive play-makers.

The story is the same for the top Russian veteran defensemen.

This roster could really benefit greatly from having some defensive-minded blue-liners. Unfortunately, there aren't that many of those for Russia to chose from.

Volchenkov, Tyutin and Yemelin are the best choices. Valentenko, Nikitin and Arzamastsev are possible, if they improve.

I really hope we won't have to rely on defensive pairings of Grebeshkov-Korneev again.
Yarullin, Arzamastsev and Marchenko imho are more defensive-minded, yeah Marchenko might mature into a good PP player, but he's a two-way guy, however, I highly doubt that they will have a chance to play in Sochi, after all it's just 2 years and half away...the situation is that Yarullin plays in the MHL, Arzamastsev plays on a bad KHL team and is light-years from a NT call, Marchenko might have a shot, but a very long one, imho.

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