Slovak National Team- The start over again edition
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10-29-2012, 01:25 PM
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Well based on an interview with Otto Sýkora from Pravda earlier this week:
- they´re going to call up mainly experienced players and they will build on the players from last years´ IHWC, even though some of the are out of form (they´re hoping it might help them)
- just 2 or 3 rookies, they will try out more new players later in December and February (one of the rookies is pretty much confirmed - Janus, I guess other candidates might be Šťastný or Majdan. Sýkora also mentions Marcinko)
- no NHLers or Šatan
- no Staňa or Lašák either, so I guess that means asides from Janus we will have Hamerlík and Hudáček as goalies
Just two things about this: a) I really don´t like this part about calling up players just because they were in Helsinki 2012 and not based on their current achievements.
Especially if you consider that while the silver was a team achievements, there still were individual players without whom they would never have achieved it and those won´t be playing at the DC (NHLers, Šatan, Laco etc.). I´m hoping that nomination based on solely on past achievements won´t become a regular thing.
b) Wouldn´t it make more sense to try out the rookies early in the season and to have the already more experienced team later on towards the IHWC? Okay, Slovan´s players won´t be available in December due to European Trophy, but while I do not know exactly which 10 Slovan players Sýkora and Vujtek consider potential NT candidates from the ones I can imagine around a half actually would be either NT rookies or young players.
I think you shouldn't worry about the nomination based on past achievements. This is just first tourney through the season. On the other side Vujtek isn't worrying to take a player with average stats, if he's confident with him (e.g. Andrej Šťastný). That's what I like about Vujtek's decisions.
Anyway SZĽH announced the roster for 2012 Deutschland Cup:
Goalies: Peter Hamerlík (Oceláři Třinec/ČR), Jaroslav Janus (Slovan Bratislava)
Defenders: Ivan Baranka (Salavat Julajev Ufa/Rus., 64/3), Marek Ďaloga (HC Pardubice/ČR, 6/0), Kristián Kudroč (Novosibirsk/Rus., 30/2), Juraj Mikuš (HC Lev Praha/ČR, 3/0), Michal Sersen (HC Lev Praha/ČR, 49/2), Tomáš Slovák (HC Plzeň/ČR, 17/0), Martin Štajnoch (Slovan Bratislava, 3/0), Richard Stehlík (MODO Hockey/Švéd., 79/2)
Forwards: Mário Bližňák (Slovan Bratislava, 25/1), Marcel Haščák (HC Košice, 26/2), Marcel Hossa (HC Lev Praha/ČR, 101/24), Marek Hovorka (Sparta Praha/ČR, 16/1), Libor Hudáček (Slovan Bratislava, 15/3), Michel Miklík (Slovan Bratislava, 31/6), Juraj Mikúš (Lev Praha/ČR, 63/14), Branko Radivojevič (Spartak Moskva/Rus., 97/16), Rastislav Špirko (Avtomobilist Jekaterinburg/Rus., 22/2), Andrej Šťastný (Slovan Bratislava, 0/0), Tomáš Záborský (Avangard Omsk/Rus., 8/3), Peter Galamboš (Bilí Tigři Liberec/ČR, 1/0), Tomáš Marcinko (HC Košice, 4/0), Peter Ölvecký (Slovan Bratislava, 9/0)
BTW I hope young guys such as Hudáček Július, Majdán, Lušňák, Tybor, Vandas etc. will get a chance at the Arosa Challenge in december
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