Thread: Sochi 2014
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06-05-2013, 04:07 PM
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Well, it depends on how to compare it: if we compare it to previous years team Russia defenders, then maybe it is not that bad (but we shouldn't forget the results in those previous years), but if we compare it to, for example, Sweden, then it is giving me some concerns and I'm not even trying to compare with Canada and US.

Also I think that this season was pretty bad for our defenders:

KHL defenders (except, maybe, Belov) totally failed at WC
Tyutin had a decent season in NHL, but failed at WC
Volchenkov had a horrible season, looks like all the injuries he had in the last few years damaged his level
Markov had a decent season returning after knee injuries, but he has lost all the speed, which was a problem even on small NHL rinks and definitely will be a defensive problem on large rinks
Gonchar is not the same anymore and, again, he is rather slow for large rinks
Emelin - injured, out until December
Kulikov - also a lot of injuries this season, hope the next season will be better
Nikitin - was rather bad at WC 2012, doesn't look like he had a lot of progress this season, although I've heard that he has improved in his defensive game
Orlov - was fighting with injuries and failed to get to the Washington roster
Voynov - he is fine, hope he will continue that way

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