Roster Talk '13 — Switzerland
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12-11-2012, 02:36 PM
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Join Date: Feb 2002
Location: Lausanne/Zurich, SWI
Here's my update from the 2nd day of the preliminary camp in Lenzerheide...
The Swiss will look at a pretty balanced team... They have a new head coach in Sean Simpson and thatfore a new system.
Boltshauser will be the starter, that is clear for me as he is the most solid goaltender of all four in the camp. Kevin Huber is the biggest of the four and has potential, but currently struggles with consistency. I saw him couple of times in the Juniors and in the 1st Amateur league... He's brilitant making big saves, but can catch a soft goal the next shift... Nyffeler and Kuonen will take over next year and one of them will lead the taxi-squad... Both are very small (and yes @ThrashersfanSVK you talked to me via eliteprospects.com and today I saw it again, that Nyffeler is for sure no 5'11!!! The Swiss have him listed now at 5'09.5 which is in my eyes more accurate) and rely on their reflexes... I believe next year a 95-born will take over the starting role, as I'm not happy with both of them....
The defence is a little above average... The team still lifes from the strong 93-class, but they all haven't made very big progress over the last couple of years... Christian Marti is currently out with a mild concussion which the suffered in his last QMJHL-Game last friday... He arrived tuesday morning and will start off-ice training tomorrow and will start with ice practice on Sunday... He said it should be all fine! Kukan, Hächler, Guerra and Marti if he's healthy should be the lead guys and then we'll lose ground. Antonietti is so big, but so stiff and has horrible skating and no atheltism at all... I don't know how he made it to the CentralScoutingList? I realy have no clue?? I realy liked Isacco Dotti, would showed good movement and also has decent size, he was clearly better than Antonietti. Valentin Lüthi was missing, but I don't know why? So that leaves Lukas Frick and the two 95-born Phil Baltisberger and Mirco Müller as candidates, but all three of them somehow are missing the next gear. No quickness or flashiness during practice and that makes me question their readiness?
The attack is clearly lead by the north american guys (or former if you want so) and NHL-Draft choices... Alessio Bertaggia, Tanner Richarad, Sven Andrighetto, Christoph Bertschy and Lino Martschini are leading this offense and are a clear stepp ahead of the rest. One interesting Player is Sandro Zangger, who in my eyes is the rising player in Switzerland. He is looking at a top-6 role at the WJC and even got a spot on the 1st PP-Line which was Zangger-Richard-Andrighetto and Martschini-Kukan at the point... Martschini is a weapon with a deadly wrist shot... If he'd only be able to gain more strengh and weight!?
Will be interesting so see how the cuts will be made... I will keep you informed...
These where the Lines during the scrimmages:
Andrighetto - Richard - Martschini
Praplan - Balmelli - Zangger
Diem -------------- Sterchi
Hächler - Kukan
Antonietti - Dotti
Bertaggia - Bertschy - Leone
Sieber - Neuenschwander - Simion
Künzle ------------------- Grassi
Müller - Guerra
Frick - Baltisberger
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