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11-28-2011, 12:53 PM
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Blues Prospect in the World Juniors

I remember seeing a post like this last year so I'm sorry if I've stepped on anyone's toes by putting it out there but I was just curious about everyone's opinion as to which Blues prospect(s) have a decent likely hood of making their country's WJC team.

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11-28-2011, 01:13 PM
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Schwartz for sure, Rattie has a decent shot I would think. Tarasenko will if he is not too old, he is 20 now I believe. Maybe Hakanpaa(sp?) for Finland, but I really have no idea.

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11-28-2011, 03:25 PM
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Schwartz and Rattie were both invited to Canada's camp.

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11-28-2011, 04:40 PM
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Schwartz for sure, Rattie has a decent shot I would think. Tarasenko will if he is not too old, he is 20 now I believe. Maybe Hakanpaa(sp?) for Finland, but I really have no idea.
Tarasenko is no longer eligible (age)...plus, he already graduated to the WC's.

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11-28-2011, 05:26 PM
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Jaskin should on the Czech team despite a slow start to the season.

Hakanpaa should be a pretty safe bet as well. The Finns will have a nice group of forwards at the WJC (Granlund may be the best player in the tourney), but their defense is pretty weak.

Schwartz is a lock. Rattie has a shot because the field is so wide open for Canada, but I have a feeling that he'll lose his spot to someone a year older.

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11-29-2011, 03:51 PM
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Jaskin should on the Czech team despite a slow start to the season.

Hakanpaa should be a pretty safe bet as well. The Finns will have a nice group of forwards at the WJC (Granlund may be the best player in the tourney), but their defense is pretty weak.

Schwartz is a lock. Rattie has a shot because the field is so wide open for Canada, but I have a feeling that he'll lose his spot to someone a year older.
Basically this. If Rattie impresses in camp, he'll make it. He's also a natural winger which is beneficial

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11-29-2011, 04:35 PM
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Canada loves taking big wingers to have on their team. They love the power forward style and a big guy like Rattie that can score will fit in nice on Canada's team.

I wanna compare him to the Zack Kassian role that he played in the WJ's last year.

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11-29-2011, 04:42 PM
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Canada loves taking big wingers to have on their team. They love the power forward style and a big guy like Rattie that can score will fit in nice on Canada's team.

I wanna compare him to the Zack Kassian role that he played in the WJ's last year.
Are you confusing Rattie with someone else? Probably the first time I've read someone consider Rattie a big guy. He's probably barely 6 feet tall and is under 170 pounds.

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Canada loves taking big wingers to have on their team. They love the power forward style and a big guy like Rattie that can score will fit in nice on Canada's team.

I wanna compare him to the Zack Kassian role that he played in the WJ's last year.
Think you might be confusing with Rattie with someone else...

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Canada loves taking big wingers to have on their team. They love the power forward style and a big guy like Rattie that can score will fit in nice on Canada's team.

I wanna compare him to the Zack Kassian role that he played in the WJ's last year.
I kinda lolled at the Big Guy description.

I think he should be on the squad, regardless. He'll help them win games.

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11-29-2011, 10:52 PM
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Rattie is big compared to Schwartz

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11-29-2011, 10:57 PM
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Rattie is big compared to Schwartz
Rattie is taller, but Schwartz weighs more, so the case could be made either way.

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11-29-2011, 11:13 PM
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Dmitri Jaskin should be playing for the Czech's.

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11-29-2011, 11:16 PM
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Canada loves taking big wingers to have on their team. They love the power forward style and a big guy like Rattie that can score will fit in nice on Canada's team.

I wanna compare him to the Zack Kassian role that he played in the WJ's last year.
I think the two are incomparable,
one, kassian is a power forward who likes to pick fights while rattie is a speedy winger with good vision and nice hands, how you can compare those guys is beyond me

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I think the two are incomparable,
one, kassian is a power forward who likes to pick fights while rattie is a speedy winger with good vision and nice hands, how you can compare those guys is beyond me
Yea, wow, completely different players. Rattie is not big and physical.

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I look forward to seeing Rattie and Schwartz both on the team, even on the same line so we could go a good comparison of their talents.

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Rattie is taller, but Schwartz weighs more, so the case could be made either way.


Does Rattie have a bigger frame ? A frame that allows him to add more weight ?

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12-11-2011, 12:59 PM
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This came out a couple days ago but FYI that Devante Smith-Pelly and Brett Connolly have been released from their respective NHL teams to play in the WJC for Team Canada. That pretty much takes away 2 forward spots Rattie could've competed for and makes his odds of making the team quite a bit less IMO.

http://prohockeytalk.nbcsports.com/2...hockey-canada/

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12-14-2011, 11:35 AM
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Rattie was cut from Canada today

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Rattie was cut from Canada today
I don't even know what to say. At least he can win the scoring title now.

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What about wannstrom? He played last year, is he to old this year?

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12-14-2011, 12:12 PM
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There should be no surprise an 18 yr old Rattie didn't make it. Canada had a LOT of good players to pick from and the 19 yr olds almost always get the edge over the 18 yr olds. Rattie would've made any other WJC team but Canada's team is by far the hardest to make and he had very little chance to make it once NHLers Connolly and Smith-Pelly were added. He'll very likely make it next year though.

Wannstrom's too old now. The Blues will have 3 prospects in the WJC - Schwartz for Canada (likely captain or asst captain), Jaskin for the Czechs and Hakanpaa for the Finns. Games start Dec. 26.

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12-19-2011, 03:47 PM
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Schwartz and Hakanpaa will be playing in the Canada vs Finland pre-competition game tonight at 8PM CST.

TSN2 is showing it in Canada, keep your eyes out for a stream, it'll probably be posted in the GDT if it exists: http://hfboards.com/showthread.php?t=1058749

BTW, Hakanpaa is wearing an A, not sure if someone already mentioned it.

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12-19-2011, 10:10 PM
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Watching the 1st period of Canada-Finland game and Hakanpaa, like all big defensemen prospects, is definitely a work in progress. Skating is really, really ugly.

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Schwartz was definitely one of the best players for Canada tonight. On every side of the puck. He's got a great game in tight and can protect the puck really well. One thing that stood out more than others was his patience with the puck. He's got all the tools to become a great Blue one day.

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