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09-28-2013, 05:39 PM
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So situation at the moment:

Both U20 goalies seem to be set:
Punnenovs (94) got his first NLA game for Rapperswil yesterday
Merzlikins (94) debut came only a day later, full game and first NLA win today for Lugano

Hopefully both of them get more good experience in one of the best European leagues and then we have healthy competition for starting goalie in U20s.

Gudļevskis (92) stayed in Tampa Bay's camp till the end but probably only to get more practice time with the big guys, and will start in ECHL.

Defense, nothing much to report. Siksna (93) was on ice for a few minutes in KHL, all other guys are in MHL, Haralds Neimanis (94) and Rinalds Rosinskis (94) seem to be the most prominent. Kristofers Bindulis (95) though is in NAHL, got an assist recently.


Girgensons pre season with Buffalo 5 games 3+1, pretty sure he'll get ice time in NHL this season, only question if it will happen already at the start.
Teodors Bļugers (94) preparing for the second NCAA season.
Roberts Lipsbergs (94) in WHL 3 games 2+1 (and a sexy profile pic in WHL homepage)
Rihards Bukarts (95) WHL, 3 games 1+1 (the most stylish of our guys)
Edgars Kulda (94) WHL, 3 games 0+2
Georgs Golovkovs (95) QMJHL, 5 games 2+2
Ņikita Jevpalovs (94) QMJHL, 5 games 5+2
Haralds Egle (1996) USHL, 2 games 0+1
Sandis Zolmanis (1994) USHL, 1 game 0+0
Nikolajs Jeļisējevs (1994) MHL, 8 games 6+3
Rūdolfs Maslovskis (1995) MHL, 8 games 3+6
Rodrigo Ābols (1996) MHL, 8 games 2+3 (not only talent, but also having Dinamo Rīga's head coach as your father might help in future)

These are more like U20 guys above. Other notables and older players include Siksnis (93) who got a few KHL minutes, Kuzmenkovs (93) plays the season as underager and has 1 assist in 10 games, Kārlis Ozoliņš (94) also played prep games with Dinamo Rīga, but now in MHL (8 games 2+2), Andersons (93) now plays in NLB after Swiss U20... Begovs (93) are a line-mate of Jeļisējevs and Maslovskis and also is very productive.

Despite not having Girgensons probably and lack of ''stars'' in defense, I'd say if the team doesn't win DivI U20 this year, I'll be very upset with them.

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