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09-16-2011, 10:54 AM
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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.
IMO, offensive-minded defensemen won't be as big a liability on the big ice at Sochi as they would on NHL ice like Vancouver.
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