2014 — Russia Roster Discussion
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10-20-2012, 03:38 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
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Malkin is Russias best player. NHL MVP, WC MVP and striving for more. Since hes taken his workouts and offseason more seriously he has become a dominant force and an elite player.
Ilya Kovulchuk and Malkin will be a nice compliment for one another. Malkin loves the puck, Ilya is not stubborn nor is he selfish.
Kov, Malkin, Radulov
Ovi, Datsyuk, Semin
I agree with that top 6.
I would never put Semin on the LW like some other posters did, he's terrible there- proven many times. And he is also the only player who could fall out of the top 6 for Kuznetsov or Tarasenko. Also Radulov hasn't been quiet himself, he might actually be replaced by Tarasenko if the guy keeps up.
The bottom 6 is anyone's guess, there's a lot of Good players with different skills and will come down to what tools the coaches want in the bottom 6.
Knowing the coaches, I can see the top 2 lines being all - out scoring weapons, with the 3rd line being a solid 2-way line, and 4th being a quick, workhorse shutdown line (with someone like Ketov, Tereschenko...)
Unless Yakupov blows up NHL or KHL with scoring (40+ goals), I really doubt we'll see him these Olympics.
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