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07-20-2013, 12:03 AM
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Originally Posted by BigT2002 View Post
I can see Nino making it for Switzerland, but I didn't want to be overly ambitious about it. Pominville is not making the US team. If it didn't happen in 2010, it isn't happening now. There are way too many forwards from the US now that are simply better at the positions they'll be required to play. I only said Backstrom would make it, albeit probably as the 3rd stringer behind Rask and Rinne. I don't see Neimi making it. Kari has never been reliable with his injuries.
No, seriously... that is not ambitious at all for Nino. The Swiss team would jump at top AHL talent, they don't have a deep squad. Nino is a lock. Besides, he's just coming off of a HUGE WC performance a month or so ago.

As for Pominville... he has a shot at it because this is bigger ice than 2010, different team building style as a result. He's no lock by any means, but he has an outside shot.

Niemi would absolutely be on it ahead of Backstrom at this point.

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