Thread: GDT: U-18 WJC Day 8
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04-19-2012, 02:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
Credit to Canada and especially Murray, but I have to rant about Russia.
This is the Stupidest russian team that I've seen in the last decade. Between the corruption and the horrible coaching, what a waste of talent. Absolutely no team play, its the stupidest run and gun team. What a huge difference from last year, absolutely no combination play. This coach and the whole administration staff should be fired and fined for this embarassment.
I echo your sentiments. All credit to Canada, but this was not a Russian team that belonged among the top 4 of this tournament. Parfenov certainly did a miserable job, but I think this kind of tournament throws kids together on short notice, so there isn't much time for good or bad coaching to have an effect as in league play. This team seemed slower than I've seen in recent times, and there were no leaders who were capable of leading by example, like Yakupov-Kucherov-Grigorenko last year. Although they didn't produce much, I was impressed with Nichushkin and Yakimov, and nobody else. Vasilevski was a big disappointment in my mind.

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