Latvian hockey on the rise?
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10-30-2012, 05:07 PM
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How are people feeling about Latvia's youth roster for this year's WC?
Absolutely best offense ever- Zemgus from AHL, Klavins from Elitserien, Blugers from NCAA, Lipsbergs, Kulda- WHL, Jevpalovs- QMJHL, Kuzmenkovs tearing it up in Dinamo farm club in Belarus league, being the team's leader, MHL kids from HK Riga are better statistically than last year's crop at this time of year and if you compare last year's team to this one, offense is better by miles...
Goalkeeping should be ok- Merzlikins has a contract with Swiss NLA club and has been dressed up as their 2nd goalie already, though not sure about the level at which 2nd and 3rd goalies can play.
Defense- nothing really spectacular, Siksna from Liepajas Metalurgs should be good, Rosinskis plays in WHL but no points, maybe good as stay at home but haven't seen... other kids play in MHL or MHL B division. Even so, still shouldn't be worse than last year.
Prognosis- I believe we can win Germany and should strive for it. Could aim at upsetting Slovaks but in any case even if the team is better than last year, still will be tough against the top dogs. Next year we should even be better, with 1994s maturing one more year... Still if we could give fight to Slovaks and Swiss last year, why not this year try to win???
Biggest surprises in WJC: Bukarts from HK Riga, Kuzmenkovs from Metalurgs Liepāja. Just because everyone will look at drafted Zemgus and Blugers and CHL guys, while 2014 draft prospect Bukarts is among leaders in HK Riga already and Kuzmenkovs has been simply great in Dinamo farm team...
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