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12-24-2012, 06:13 PM
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Originally Posted by shortshorts View Post
I. Ustinsky (Stal'nye Lisy)
A. Makarov (Saskatun Blejdz)
A. Vasilevsky (Tolpar)

Y. Dyblenko (Atlant)
N. Nesterov (Traktor)
A. Sergeyev (Val'-d'Or Foreurs)
A. Yarullin (Ak Bars)
A. Mironov (Dinamo Moskva)
K. Dyakov (Mamonty Yugry)
P. Koledov (Loko)

M. Grigorenko (Kvebek Remparts)
N. Yakupov (Neftehimik)
A. Khokhlachev (Spartak)
V. Tkachev (Ak Bars)
Y. Kosov (Metallurg Magnitogorsk)
A. Slepyshev (Metallurg Nov.)
M. Shalunov (Traktor)
V. Nichushkin (Traktor)
E. Mozer (Omskie Jastreby)
A. Sigarev (SKA)
N. Kucherov (Ruan-Noranda Haski)
K. Kapustin (Loko)
D. Zharkov (Bel'vil' Bulls)

Russia has an extremely strong roster this year. They have Slepyshev on the second line and Nichushkin on the third. This team isn't quite stacked with "stars" as Canada, but the group looks much more cohesive.
Russia's teams through the past haven't ever been really cohesive, it's more like a bunch of all-stars hogging the puck trying to score as many goals as possible, which works to an extent, but defense hasn't been the greatest for Russia, and I think that will be their problem this year. I'm not saying Makarov and Vasilevskiy can't stop a puck, but it will be tough on them because they don't have much help on the back end.

I still put our team over Russia, hopefully Subban/Binnington can keep it together against the Russians.


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