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12-18-2012, 10:58 PM
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Originally Posted by v-man View Post
The starting goalie will most likely be Elvis Merzlikins, who plays with HC Lugano of the Swiss League. He plays mostly for the junior team but has dressed for 5 games with the senior NLA team.

There's a chance though that Rihards Cimermanis of HK Riga might get the call too. Back-ups will be either Ivars Punnenovs of the Kloten Flyers (Swiss) or Vadims Miscuks of Liepajas Metalurgs.

As for the top scorers, since Girgensons isn't being released by the Sabres/Amerks, it's probably:

Roberts Lipsbergs - Seattle Thunderbirds. Currently leading rookie scoring in the WHL.
Nikita Jevpalovs - Blainville Boisbrand Armada (QMJHL)
Teddy Blueger - Minnesota State (Pens second round pick)
Rihards Bukarts - HK Riga (MHL) probably a fairly high pick in the 2014 draft
Edgars Kulda - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL). He's not having a great season so far scoring wise, but is a physical force and has had more luck with scoring on European rinks.
Kulda wont be our top scorer no matter how you put it, id add Kuzmenkovs from Belorussian mens league and Jelisejevs from HK riga too.

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