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12-05-2012, 10:54 PM
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Pool A will not be a cakewalk for Sweden. The core from last year is gone. Forsberg and Collberg may be returning players, but they were 17 last year. If they are counting on 2013 Lindholm and 2014 Nylander to produce, it will be tough for this young squad in a 19 year old tournament, especially losing two of their best D in Klefbom and Brodin, not to mention no Zibanejad. Finland and Czech are icing more competive teams than they have put forth recently. I could see a three way race for that pool.

I don't think the top 3 teams from Pool B will all make the semis, as most are predicting. Again, I think the 3 teams in the other pool are all equally competitive. They will surprise one of the two quarter finalists from Pool B.

Russia and Canada look to be the deepest and best teams this year. I see everyone else battling for bronze. Sweden, USA, Finland and Czechs are more evenly matched than we have seen in the last few years. Really nice to see both the the Finns and Czechs coming back up from third tier in the WJC. I can see one of those two capturing Bronze, depending on which team gels over the tournament.

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