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Which Pred will make the most difference to their team?

View Poll Results: Which Pred will be the best for his team?
Suter:USA 10 45.45%
Weber: Canada 1 4.55%
Hornqvist: Sweden 4 18.18%
Goc: Germany 6 27.27%
Sulzer: Germany 0 0%
Erat: Czech 1 4.55%
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02-16-2010, 05:20 PM
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Which Pred will make the most difference to their team?

After reading the descriptions of the USA Swiss game, Suter impressed a lot of people. Which Preds will make the biggest difference for their Olympic Squad?

Choices are:

Suter: USA
Weber: Canada
Goc: Germany
Sulzer: Germany
Erat: Czech
Hornqvist: Sweden

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02-16-2010, 05:29 PM
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As easy as it would be to say Weber or Suter, I think it will be Goc. Germany features a grand total of 5 NHL skaters, while both Suter and Weber are surrounded by teams made up entirely of NHL players and Hornqvist and Erat will be relegated to playing on the third lines of their respective countries and Sulzer will be on the second pairing as well.

Goc will be looked upon to play as Germany's No. 1 center throughout this event. As he has been looked to in previous international competitions, Krupp will look for Goc to lead the team in all situations and play Marcel probably over 20 minutes a night.

While Weber and Suter will each play top minutes for their respective countries as well, they will not be relied upon as much for leading their team in all situations whereas Goc is Germany's go-to guy up the middle...

It will be very fun to watch Goc in these Games to see how he adapts to the added responsibilities and also then watch and see whether or not he will be able to carry any momentum back with him to Nashville after the Break...

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Agreed. Goc is surrounded by far less talent. Easy decision

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02-16-2010, 05:37 PM
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What could be interesting will be when Goc comes back after playing 15-20 minutes a game at 1st line and going back to playing 3rd.

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I think it will be Suter. He is a legitimate number 1 defenseman in this league, and people often overlook how far he has come in so short of a time. He probably is one of the top 10-15 d-men in the league. This is a stage where he can show that.

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I went with Suter. He looked like USA's best dman out there today. Erik looked good too. Whitney looked brutal.

USA is gonna need solid defense to go deep. Their offensive depth is lacking in a big way.

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Thing about the Olympics are it's ONE GAME at a time (once you reach medal round). Hockey is such a game of bounces and momentum. Over the course of a 7 game series, the best team usually comes out on top. But in one game, it's any body's guess. Every day in the NHL sees one of the worst teams beat one of the best teams.

USA really needs someone to setup defensviely. Could be Suter.

Erat has the hot hand, and I think could play a big part in winning a medal for the Czechs.

Goc will be counted on, but the chances of Germany going anywhere are slim. While CAN, USA, SWE, RUS have talent, Germany is like an AHL team at best. Not saying it can't happen, but I think it's pretty slim.

Legwand is such a great 2 way player that does everything great. He could be an anchor for team USA.

Weber can play a part, but they have so many options. But certainly, he could be a difference maker.

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Legwand isn't playing for Team USA

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It will be Goc, he is pretty much the leader of the German team. Though as is said Suter and Erat also should play big minutes.

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Hornqvist practiced today on a line with Zetterberg at center and former Predator Peter Forsberg on the other wing...

Should be interesting to watch Hornqvist playing for Team Sweden throughout the event...

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Hornqvist practiced today on a line with Zetterberg at center and former Predator Peter Forsberg on the other wing...

Should be interesting to watch Hornqvist playing for Team Sweden throughout the event...
Forsberg - Zetterberg - Hornqvist....

YES PLEASE!

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Hornqvist practiced today on a line with Zetterberg at center and former Predator Peter Forsberg on the other wing...

Should be interesting to watch Hornqvist playing for Team Sweden throughout the event...
I voted Suter because i think so highly of his ability but Hornqvist was so close.....he'll score some goals but is that really enough to have the biggest impact? As far as TOTAL game?

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Hornqvist practiced today on a line with Zetterberg at center and former Predator Peter Forsberg on the other wing...

Should be interesting to watch Hornqvist playing for Team Sweden throughout the event...
WOWWW, I was expecting Horns to be a bottom line guy. Awesome.

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I think it will be Suter. He is a legitimate number 1 defenseman in this league, and people often overlook how far he has come in so short of a time. He probably is one of the top 10-15 d-men in the league. This is a stage where he can show that.

This is what I came here to say. Suter is good to a lot of hockey fans just by word of mouth. Bottom line is not a lot of people pay a lot of attention to the Preds and Suter is underrated as a lot of people probably don't get to see him play often. Hell I had a Leaf fan argue with me that Phaneuf was just barely behind Suter defensively.

This is his chance to shine and I though his first game was a spot on example of how good of an all around Dman he is.

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Legwand is such a great 2 way player that does everything great. He could be an anchor for team USA.
Yeah, too bad he isn't in the Olympics this year.

Another poll I can't vote in, but I would have voted Goc. As others have pointed out, Weber and Suter are surrounded by a lot of NHL guys with tons of talent and experience in high intensity games. Judging by their performances yesterday, they were really firing though. Suter had so many one-timers I lost count. Weber had a few shots on goal. But still, I think Goc will really shine for his team because he's such an "underground" talent in Nashville.

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Goc is my choice. Simply put, Goc is one of the better German players. You take him out you hurt Germany. You take out Weber of Suter, the team's will fill with talent. Same with Hornqvist. USA, Canada, and Sweden have a lot of talent and can fill posts, Germany doesn't have that depth.

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Yeah, too bad he isn't in the Olympics this year.
I know. Just seeing if you're awake.

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