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General Talk '12 — Latvia

A few days ago LHF released the roster for exhibition games (6 EIHC games, 2 friendlies with France; 6 games out of 8 will take place in Latvia).

Goalkeepers:
Edgars Masaļskis (Yugra Khanty-Mansiysk, KHL),
Māris Jučers (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Mārtiņš Raitums (Beybaris, Kazakhstan),
Ervīns Muštukovs (Odense, Denmark),
Jānis Kalniņš (Liepājas Metalurgs, Latvia),
Kristers Gudļevskis (HK Rīga, MHL);

Defensemen:
Guntis Galviņš (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Krišjānis Rēdlihs (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Jēkabs Rēdlihs (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Oskars Cibuļskis (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Kristaps Sotnieks (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Rodrigo Laviņš (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Arvīds Reķis (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Jānis Andersons (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Mārtiņš Jakovļevs (HK Rīga, MHL),
Mārtiņš Porejs (HK Rīga, MHL),
Georgijs Pujacs (Avangard Omsk, KHL),
Māris Jass (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia),
Aleksandrs Jerofejevs (Slovan Bratislava, Slovakia),
Artūrs Kulda (St. John's IceCaps, AHL),
Oskars Bārtulis (Adirondack Phantoms, AHL),
Atvars Tribuncovs (Gomel, Belarus);

Forwards:
Mārtiņš Karsums (Dinamo Rīga),
Jānis Sprukts (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Miķelis Rēdlihs (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Māris Bičevskis (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Roberts Bukarts (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Gints Meija (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Mārtiņš Cipulis (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Andris Džeriņš (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Juris Štāls (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Ģirts Ankipāns (Dinamo Rīga, KHL),
Juris Upītis (HK Rīga, MHL),
Miks Indrašis (HK Rīga, MHL),
Gunārs Skvorcovs (Liepājas Metalurgs, Latvia),
Artūrs Mickevičs (Liepājas Metalurgs, Latvia),
Lauris Dārziņš (Ak Bars Kazan, KHL),
Armands Bērziņš (Yunost Minsk, Belarus),
Kaspars Saulietis (Neman Grodno, Belarus),
Aleksejs Širokovs (Kazzinc-Torpedo, VHL),
Ronalds Ķēniņš (ZSC Lions, NLA),
Herberts Vasiļjevs (Krefeld Pinguine, DEL),
Roberts Jekimovs (SaiPa, SM-Liiga),
Raitis Ivanāns (Abbotsford Heat, AHL),
Zemgus Girgensons (Dubuque Fighting Saints, USHL),
Kaspars Daugaviņš (Ottawa Senators, NHL),
Kristiāns Pelšs (Edmonton Oil Kings, WHL),
Toms Hartmanis (Fife Flyers, UK).

Quite a big pool. Obviously, our goalies are set with Masaļskis and Jūčers. Don't really care who will be the 3rd.

D-men will be mostly from Dinamo, except for Pujacs, Bartulis & maybe Tribuncovs (Atvars made a big impression on Nolan during the February break). Ice Caps are looking for a deep post-season run, which means no Kulda for Team Latvia.

Forward selection appears to be the most interesting part to me. I'd say that aside from Sprukts, Karsums, Rēdlihs, Dārziņš & Ankipāns no one has a guaranteed spot. Vasiļjevs will also be in if he decides to participate. And if he's in, then it looks like Džeriņš, Bičevskis, Širokovs, Bērziņš and Girgensons will fight for the 2 bottom C (that is if Ankipāns isn't moved to center). I'd leave Širokov out, maybe Bērziņš as well and would let the three youngsters to decide who is better suited for the event. And then the wingers...

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