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12-06-2012, 06:11 AM
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Just curious where Swedish posters see the team finishing this year. Losing Klefbom, Brodin and Zibanejad really hurts this squad. The returning players weren't really core guys last year. There are many young undrafted players on the camp list. WJC is generally won by the 19 year olds on your team.

I see a big drop off from last year, but after winning gold with a great squad, that shouldn't be too unexpected. Finns and Czech have decent teams/talent this year as well. That pool won't be as easy as some may think.
Gonna be 3rd or 4th favorite like most years. Sweden missing out on returnees/top players is the norm by now. Last year no Landeskog and A.Larsson. Year before no Landeskog and OEL, year before that no Hedman or Karlsson. Other teams are stronger than last year while Sweden remains about the same, that's the biggest difference. But hey, win the group and you're in the semis.

A lot of talk about the defense but not much talk about the goaltending. Sweden has questionmarks in net and no clear starter.

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