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12-12-2012, 09:14 PM
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Originally Posted by MaximusT View Post
IIRC I read on Sport-Express that this Russian lineup will be very similiar to the Olympic one. As a Russian, I sure hope this is nowhere close to the lineup we see in Sochi, looks kind of weak IMO.

Also, has Semins game fallen off that much!!??
Semin has not been playing for a while and was nothing special in the KHL from what I saw of him. He is a lot of talent, a lot of it will come down to the form players are in at this stage next year.

This team is not weak at all it is quite strong and still experimental, in 2014 we should see the likes of Kuznetsov and Tarasenko in the team. The main thing right now is try to see which lines will have the best chemistry with the locks for Sochi 2014. The defensemen need to be good puck movers, basically play makers from the back. Russia has quite a few of those in the KHL and at the last World Championships the KHL'ers played that role very well. I am very interested in how Medvedev and Yemelin perform together.

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