Thread: Sochi 2014
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06-05-2013, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by Caser View Post
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
You really don't know a thing about our D. And other nation's D for that matter. For example is Sweden's D probably the deepest and comparable to Canada's and the US' D is not really near that level as you would suggest.

KHL D-men failed at WC? Really? Except for Belov??? REALLY??? What tournament were you watching? Unles you defend a standpoint from which if the team fails overall in the tournament then you can't say any player on the team was good. But that agian contradicts your (undeserved. he was pretty average) praise for Belov and your distinct bashing of KHL D-men.

Tyutin has become a clear cut small rink specialist. And he should be left off the roster for Sochi for this reason.

Volchenkov is not even a candidate with Bill. What is there to discuss?

It's Kulikov, Voynov, Emelin from the NHL and Nikulin, Mevedev from the KHL. There are 3 spots there for the taking. Your Mr.Right Belov will have a hard time making the team when he struggles in his first year in NA and I expect him to struggle at least at the beginning.

Last edited by stv11: 06-06-2013 at 03:05 AM.
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