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04-30-2013, 03:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Forsberg21Sakic19 View Post
I think Switzerland will become a medal contender by 2018. This isn't to say they are favored over a Czech Republic or a Finland but that they will consistently contend for a semifinal spot, hence have a shot at getting a medal. They have developed some solid goaltenders over the years (Gerber, Aebsicher, Hiller, Stephan, etc...) and a good corps of young defensemen. The issue had always been top-end scoring. With Brunner looking like a quality NHL forward and Baertschi/Niederreiter developing, this looks better than ever. Throw in Bertschy, Martschini, Hoffmann, Richard, Andrighetto and some of the other young forwards in the pipeline and they absolutely have the ability to contend by 2018.
Although i (regretfully) never practiced hockey, i followed it since i was a kid. and i allways watched our national team as improving.

now i am 48 ! (sick ... i know) i hope i will see them winning a gold before dying !

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