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12-04-2012, 07:55 AM
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Originally Posted by DaveH View Post
Agreed, we have "good" defenders. Last year, we had great top defenders and the rest was good...

I want Sweden to win ofc, but our recent history in the WJC's show we need more than an average team to compete.

With that said, I've no idea how we stack up compared to other teams.
There was a lot of talk last year of how bad our defense was. Klefbom was far from a lock, he did not look very good in FBK and had been injured. Nemeth had not been good and was called "The worst defenceman in the league" just before the WJC. Klingberg was called "The worst defenceman in SM-liiga" by the finns. The D is on paper as good as last year but it could have been incredible good without the injuries. The key to victory is for some of these guys to really step up and play their best hockey like many did last year.

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