Could the Swiss be medal contenders in 2018?
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01-02-2013, 11:44 AM
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Will they be a team that could get some points from every other team in the tourney? Absolutely.
Could they upset some of the better teams on paper in QF and get into the medal rounds with the right circumstances? Possibly yes.
Can they however be considered just as a strong candidate for a top 4 finish as the other top teams? Deifnitely not. They just lack the depth in elite level talent, especially offensively. They not only behind the top 4 in this aspect, but also the Finns and the Czechs (even in their bad days). Yeah, yeah, right I know they have Niederreiter and Bärtschi, but a) those two are still much more an exception rather than a rule and nothing seems to point out that Switzerland is about to start producing elite offensive talent on an at least somewhat REGULAR basis and b) even their not surefire elite players as of yet.
As has been already pointed out Switzerland has been improving for a long time now, yet their overall results have been pretty much the same for all this time that they have been improving and they have not managed to cross the line that seperates them from elite at any given point of time.
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