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12-06-2012, 01:56 PM
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I think Canada could dominate on a level similar to 05 if the goaltending is stellar.

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12-06-2012, 02:01 PM
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Honestly if Gibson goes then you never know, sometimes all it takes is a stellar goalie performance. Gibson scares me more than any other goalie in the tournament and they have elite players like Jones and Trouba on D and Galcheyuk, Grimaldi and Gaudreau up front. Not a team to be taken lightly.
You have listed the extent of the elite talent on Team USA and even then, two of those forwards have serious question marks due to size. I don't doubt that top line can compete with others in the tournament. It's the rest of the team that will struggle.

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12-06-2012, 02:03 PM
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My prediction and dream tourney would be

Group A:

Sweden
Czech Republic
Finland

Switzerland
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
United States
Russia

Slovakia
Germany

QF1: Czech Republic vs Russia
QF2: United States vs Finland

SF1: Sweden vs Russia
SF2: Canada vs United States

Bronze: Sweden vs United States

Gold: Canada vs Russia

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12-06-2012, 02:09 PM
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Group A:

Sweden
Finland
Czech Republic

Switzerland
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
Russia
United States

Slovakia
Germany

QF1: Finland vs United States
QF2: Russia vs Czech Republic

SF1: Sweden vs United States
SF2: Canada vs Russia

F: Canada vs United States

B: Sweden vs Russia

Gold: Canada
Silver: United States
Bronze: Russia
A1 plays the winner of B2 vs A3 and B1 plays the winner of A2 vs B3. Your SF matches are wrong. The only chance a USA vs Canada final happens is if one team finishes second in the pool. One of first and third knock each other out.

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12-06-2012, 02:10 PM
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Gold: Canada
Silver: Russia
Bronze: USA

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12-06-2012, 02:11 PM
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My prediction and dream tourney would be

Group A:

Sweden
Czech Republic
Finland

Switzerland
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
United States
Russia

Slovakia
Germany

QF1: Czech Republic vs Russia
QF2: United States vs Finland

SF1: Sweden vs Russia
SF2: Canada vs United States

Bronze: Sweden vs United States

Gold: Canada vs Russia
You have your SF matches wrong as well. See above post.

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12-06-2012, 02:22 PM
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I'm gonna go off the board in this one:

"The Brouhaha in Ufa"

In an eerily similar fashion to the Punchup in Piestany during their New Year's Eve Clash Canada and Russia engage in a game that turns into a free for all. They have to turn off the arena lights and bring in the Russian armed forces. Both teams are suspended for the duration of the tournament.

Sweden: Gold
Finland: Silver
Czech: Bronze

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12-06-2012, 02:22 PM
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A second thought:

Group A:

Finland
Sweden
Czech Republic

Switzerland
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
Russia
United States

Slovakia
Germany

QF1: Czech Republic vs Russia
QF2: United States vs Sweden

SF1: Russia vs. Finland
SF2: Canada vs Sweden

Bronze: Finland vs Sweden

Gold: Canada vs Russia

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12-06-2012, 02:47 PM
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For me, the story of the 2013 WJC will be goaltending. The goaltending in this tournament is going to be phenomenal, perhaps an all time high! Super cliche, but if you are going to win gold your goaltending needs to be stellar, because chances are your opponent in any knockout game has a top notch goaltender as well.

USA - John Gibson, IMO, is the best junior aged goaltender in the world and immediately makes Team USA a threat. He is a little nicked up but I'm sure will be just fine come tournament time. An absolute wall between the pipes, he would make me incredibly nervous in a 1-off game.

RUS - Andrei Makarov looks like a completely different goaltender when he pulls on his country's jersey than when he plays in Saskatoon, and can single handedly steal a game. And if he's not up to the task, Vasilevski is stellar as well!

SWE - Oscar Dansk, while he hasn't had a great year on a horrible Erie team, is solid as well.

CAN - Malcolm Subban is in this elite level as well, some would argue at the very top. The most athletic in this group, IMO.

Such great goaltending in this tourney. So much talent! (I apologize if I left out any elite level tender from FIN/SVK/CZE etc., doing this off the top of my head and their tenders don't jump out at me...)

Obviously a huge factor is the NHL Lockout. If it remains, I feel Canada has too much talent to not list them as the favourite. However, if you remove RNH, Strome, Scheifele, Jenner, Huberdeau, Hamilton, Rielly and maybe Malcolm Subban from the fold, well that is too much to remain the favourite and I would list Russia # 1.

I'll do these predictions assuming the NHL stays locked out, because I truly think they are that stupid to not make something happen this week. 1-off knockout games with such great goaltending, anything can be turned on its head and could make for some pretty cool upsets! But I'm sticking with a pretty straight forward bracket. (I know, boring eh!?)

Group A:

Sweden
Finland
Czech Republic

Switzerland
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
Russia
United States

Slovakia
Germany

QF1: Finland vs United States
QF2: Russia vs Czech Republic

SF1: Sweden vs Russia
SF2: Canada vs USA

F: Canada vs Russia

B: Sweden vs USA

Gold: Canada
Silver: Russia
Bronze: USA


So pumped for this tourney!!!

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12-06-2012, 02:47 PM
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I think Canada could dominate on a level similar to 05 if the goaltending is stellar.
I don't. The competition is a lot tougher this year and Canada is not as good as in 05.

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12-06-2012, 02:48 PM
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Sweden is probably a more heavily scouted nation than any other country outside North America. I would guess that they likely provide the third highest number of draftees per nation now after Canada and USA. If there is as much undrafted or poorly evaluated draft picks as you suggest, teams like Detroit and Vancouver might want to reevaluate their Swedish scouts

Maybe you have an outstanding crop of late bloomers and the NHL scouts have got it wrong the past couple of drafts, but it seems a tad far fetched. It's not like Sweden is similar to Russia in that the players want to stay and develop with their club teams and get paid lucratively in the KHL. There shouldn't be many mystery players showing up on the international radar from Sweden.

Also, I don't know how serious I can take comments from Ronnberg. He says a lot of stupid things in the media.

I do hope you are right though and that Sweden has a really strong group of forwards. It will make the tournament all that much better to have as many great teams as possible.
It is most heavily scouted nation for a reason. Sweden produces the biggest amount of NHL talent outside of NA.

Now, you're concerned about swedish forwards who are undrafted. Well, out of 14 players, 7 are drafted. Other 7 are: De la Rose, Lindholm, Wennberg, Sorensen, Boyce, Arvidsson and Froberg. So, 4 guys out of this group are just to young to be drafted, and will go to draft only this year. Out of 3 who are left, Boyce is a returning player with character, Arvidsson wasn't drafted because in 2011 he was 5'7 and still is small and Froberg has chemistry with some other players.
The fact that Pontus Aberg was not selected for WJC should tell you that swedish offense is very deep.

At defense the undrafted guys are Arnesson, Pettersson and Djuse. Djuse is a late-bloomer who played in a league that is not scouted much, Pettersson is smallish(5'8) offensive defenseman and Arnesson is late 94 birth and will go to the draft only in this season.

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12-06-2012, 02:53 PM
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I don't. The competition is a lot tougher this year and Canada is not as good as in 05.
You do remember who was on that Russian 05 team don't you?

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12-06-2012, 02:54 PM
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Best case scenario:

Group A:

Sweden
Finland
Switzerland
Czech Republic
Latvia

Group B:

Canada
Russia
USA
Slovakia
Germany

QF 1: Finland - USA
QF 2: Russia - Switzerland

SF 1: Sweden - Russia
SF 2: Canada - Finland

Bronze: Russia - Canada

Final: Sweden - Finland

Deep inside, this is what we all hope for.

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12-06-2012, 02:58 PM
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You do remember who was on that Russian 05 team don't you?
That was pretty much the only competition

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12-06-2012, 03:00 PM
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Any chance that we'll see crazy upsets this year?

Latvia lost Girgensons, Germany lost Rieder, so you can't expect much from them.

I could see the Czechs knocking down Russia, their gritty style of game could grind out a win against the Russians (like we nearly saw last year).

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12-06-2012, 03:08 PM
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Also about Russia being a big favorite, I don't see it. Playing at home is oftenly a negative factor for a host and I don't really think that this russian team is a team that will dominate the tournament, their roster isn't that impressive.

Favorties are: 1-Canada, 2-Russia, Sweden 3-USA, Finland, Czech Republic

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I'm gonna go off the board in this one:

"The Brouhaha in Ufa"

In an eerily similar fashion to the Punchup in Piestany during their New Year's Eve Clash Canada and Russia engage in a game that turns into a free for all. They have to turn off the arena lights and bring in the Russian armed forces. Both teams are suspended for the duration of the tournament.

Sweden: Gold
Finland: Silver
Czech: Bronze
So like half of the 2011 and 2012 draft picks are going to end up KIA?

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Few people are taking USA lightly. It's just that, on paper, other teams have the same elite players- just more of them.
I'd say the US has three elite players

Galchenyuk
Jones
Trouba


You can feel free to add to this list

Russia

Yakupov
Grigorenko


Sweden

Forsberg
Brodin

Finland

Barkov

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So like half of the 2011 and 2012 draft picks are going to end up KIA?
Well I guess that depends on how much this thing escalates.

The level of force used to neutralize the on ice bloodbath is beyond my claivoyant level of proficiency

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Well I guess that depends on how much this thing escalates.

The level of force used to neutralize the on ice bloodbath is beyond my claivoyant level of proficiency
I'm just saying, have you seen what happens when the FSB gets involved? Things don't end well.

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Sweden is probably a more heavily scouted nation than any other country outside North America. I would guess that they likely provide the third highest number of draftees per nation now after Canada and USA. If there is as much undrafted or poorly evaluated draft picks as you suggest, teams like Detroit and Vancouver might want to reevaluate their Swedish scouts

Maybe you have an outstanding crop of late bloomers and the NHL scouts have got it wrong the past couple of drafts, but it seems a tad far fetched. It's not like Sweden is similar to Russia in that the players want to stay and develop with their club teams and get paid lucratively in the KHL. There shouldn't be many mystery players showing up on the international radar from Sweden.

Also, I don't know how serious I can take comments from Ronnberg. He says a lot of stupid things in the media.

I do hope you are right though and that Sweden has a really strong group of forwards. It will make the tournament all that much better to have as many great teams as possible.
Seriously, Swedens forward-crop looks good, it's our goalies and defense, that is the big question mark. For example a player like Viktor Arvidsson, that you probably never heard of have the skill to make some real damage against junior opponents on big ice. The reason he is not drafted is because he had his breaktrough this year and 5'9'' swedes never get drafted. To judge this forward crop from where they where drafted and disregard the comments from swedish posters that watch these players all the time, seems a bit strange to me. Of course it would have been great to see Zibanejad on this team, but as perry2perry keep telling you, we actually have a more skilled forward lineup than last years team that won gold. This team perhaps lacks a Johan Larsson though, a great leader. What we do have is Elias Lindholm, that currently are producing at a similar pace in SEL that Nicklas Bäckström and Peter Forsberg had at the same age.

It was always a bit strange that it was the swedish 1992's that won the gold considering the 1993's and 1994's have always been considered more talented, especially when it comes to forwards (well Landeskog is a big exception).


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I'd say the US has three elite players

Galchenyuk
Jones
Trouba
I don't even know if I would consider Jones elite tbh.

Personally I wouldn't consider MacKinnon to be elite and he's regarded the same if not slightly better in terms of the upcoming draft. First time underagers are rarely able to have a big impact... even the ones who become superstars like Stamkos.

I would consider Barkov as elite, only because he's been in the tourney before... but even still he's borderline.

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I don't even know if I would consider Jones elite tbh.

Personally I wouldn't consider MacKinnon to be elite and he's regarded the same if not slightly better in terms of the upcoming draft. First time underagers are rarely able to have a big impact... even the ones who become superstars like Stamkos.

I would consider Barkov as elite, only because he's been in the tourney before... but even still he's borderline.
Last year Jones was in line to play top pairing minutes for the US team. He was a significant loss from the team last year. Now it's hard to say what he would have done since he wasn't there, but Barkov didn't really do anything.

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You do remember who was on that Russian 05 team don't you?
Apart from the obvious, the team had a line of players who bought their spot. Quiet common until 2011 team.

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I'd say the US has three elite players

Galchenyuk
Jones
Trouba


You can feel free to add to this list

Russia

Yakupov
Grigorenko


Sweden

Forsberg
Brodin

Finland

Barkov
Would Kucherov not be elite? If you include Barkov, then why not Nichushkin. What about Slepyshev?

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