WJC Tournament Predictions
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12-14-2012, 01:49 AM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: North Vancouver
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Funny how you're highlighting the fact that Russia has 9 returnees, yet ignoring the fact that Sweden has 6 and would have had 9 if not for the injuries and Ottawa.
Also, while it's 9 players from a team who lost the finals in OT, yet it's 9 players from the team who won 1/4 in OT by an ugly goal against Czechs aswell. They easily could have lost to Czech Republic, they were closer to that than to win the finals.
The 3 you are missing, especially the D are a huge loss. Of your returnees, how many are first line impact players? You have said in a previous post in this thread that some are returning depth players. Grigerenko and Yakupov alone are two hugely important impact returnees and are top ten forwards in this tournament.
I get it that you feel insulted that a defending gold medal country isn't a consensus top two favorite. But as this tournament has such a high turnover of players each year, past success isn't always a barometer. However, 9 of 22 roster players is pretty significant. It's almost half the roster, including probably the two best goalies last year. You are correct that Russia got outplayed last year, and could have lost to the Czechs as well. You have to realize that outside of the Latvia and Slovakia wins that Sweden won two shoot outs and two OT games. That isn't very dominant. Yes you out shot and had better possession in those games. Did all 3 teams in those 4 games just have the most amazing combination of goaltending ever seen against a single opponent or was Sweden shooting from everywhere and not too accurately to boot? It worked, you won gold. Be happy about it. I don't see a repeat though, but good luck.
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