Thread: WC: Best WC in a while?
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04-29-2012, 04:37 PM
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Originally Posted by MaNNe View Post
Just a funny fact: If Selänne, Koivu, Salo and retires next year, which could happen we'll have 2 regular NHL defenceman. And around 15 regular NHL-players out of which only 5 are playing top 6 minutes. Defence is looking especially horrible for Sochi. If Vatanen ends up not making the NHL, we could have just 2 NHL-defenceman for Sochi. Luckily we have the goaltenders that can bail them out...
You do on the other hand have plenty of players (d-men mostly) that is of a very high european quality. Unlike Sweden nowadays when the old guard (Magnus Johansson, Johan Davidsson, Tony Mårtensson et.c.) seems to be done with the NT there is some good finnish players in KHL and such that can be real assets on a WC-team.

In swedish hockey theres the youngsters, one or two oldies (like Niklas Persson) and then there is the players born 1982-1986 that should be in their prime, but is kind of a lost generation with few very high quality players playing in Europe. There is especially a lack of puckmoving d (which is ironic since that is a trademark of swedish junior hockey atm) of good quality. D-men that can skate well, run a PP and not look lost in their own zone on a high international level is far and few between in Sweden (allthough there is plenty of swedish d-men in NHL with those traits.)

On topic, allthough there is not so many finns in NHL at the moment, there is still good finnish hockeyplayers, and there seems to be a new wave of high end finnish prospects coming out after some reay bad years prospectwise.

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