Could the Swiss be medal contenders in 2018?
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01-02-2013, 02:18 PM
Join Date: Jan 2010
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Any of the top ten teams can fluke out a medal by having a hot goalie or a couple of good bounces.
I doubt it, I'm in the camp that believes the Swiss now round out a Top-8 that have a remote chance in hell to medal. Anything past CAN/USA/RUS/SWE/FIN/CZE/SVK/SUI realistically have no medaling shot in an Olympic tournament in the next ten years; Belarus was the only nation that has come close in 2002 but they got massacred by Canada. You can fluke your way pretty close but eventually you will come across one of the top four nations, where outside of the top-8 in a best on best tournament the probabilities are too low for the likes of Latvia, Germany, Norway, Belarus, Denmark, Austria etc to go past them into the podium. Then again, as they say in stocks past performance does not necessarily indicate the future.
What will the 2014 SUI team look like? Presumably on the NHL side they'll use their five defenders (Streit/Sbisa/Weber/Josi/Diaz) with Hiller in net and Nino / Bartschi on forward positions. Does any other prospect have a shot at joining?
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