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12-28-2012, 10:55 AM
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Today he played like a guy who got passed over in the draft. Therefore, one of his 1st rounder games gets erased.
Oh nice, so can I make my steal of the 2012 draft yet?

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12-28-2012, 11:28 AM
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Oh nice, so can I make my steal of the 2012 draft yet?
No. But he's in the running to be the steal of the 2012 draft.

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12-28-2012, 11:48 AM
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Ryan murphy. Oh boy :facepalm

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12-28-2012, 12:10 PM
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I watched all of Canada's games, pre comp and training camp videos and still can't figure out how Ceci got passed over for guys like Witherspoon and Murphy, its simply baffling.

Well this also the same team that has Mckinnnon playing 5 minutes of ice time on the 4th line.

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12-28-2012, 01:34 PM
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Did he flop hard in the third? Cause up till the second he looked just fine. The whole team was playing atrocious but he handled his own. Could have definitely been better though but he was one of the more collective players on the ice.

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12-28-2012, 10:21 PM
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So should I like Wikstrand or not? I went from thinking he was a top five pick to a first round bust. I am so confused.

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12-28-2012, 10:58 PM
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So should I like Wikstrand or not? I went from thinking he was a top five pick to a first round bust. I am so confused.
Finished with an assist and was the only + player for the Swedes. Yes you should like him.

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12-29-2012, 08:24 AM
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So far 5 goals for sweden, wikstrand with no points. Bust

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12-29-2012, 11:32 AM
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Wikstrand pointless today. What a bust.

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12-29-2012, 01:40 PM
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Sarcastic remarks aside, Wikstrand is a project prospect. Even if he has a bad WJC, he's made good progress this season.

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12-29-2012, 02:18 PM
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Not many players play perfect in every single WJC game.

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12-29-2012, 02:38 PM
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Anybody watch his game today? How did he play?

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12-29-2012, 03:50 PM
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Anybody watch his game today? How did he play?
Freaking fantastic. He's been the best defenceman of the tournament so far.

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12-29-2012, 03:51 PM
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Anybody watch his game today? How did he play?
He sticked to basics during full strength, staying at home most of the time, getting rid of the puck very fast (maybe he is waiting for the important games).

He was on the ice on the first two PP goals initiating the play, the first one was scored on a 4 vs 3 and they had 3 forwards and him on the ice so he is definitely their first choice for the PP among defencemen.

The forwards rarely use the points so he got little opportunities to shoot. He tried to shoot it more in the third period, a couple of wristers that were tracked easily by the goalie because Sweden keeps a skilled forward in front of the net who doesn't know how to screen the goalie. I think he went for the one-timer only once and missed the net.

I personally believe that he looks more like Claesson than Karlsson. Maybe more offensive upside than Claesson.

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12-29-2012, 03:54 PM
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I personally believe that he looks more like Claesson than Karlsson. Maybe more offensive upside than Claesson.
He looks like neither and his offensive upside is clearly higher than Claesson's who has pretty much next to 0.

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12-29-2012, 04:03 PM
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He looks like neither and his offensive upside is clearly higher than Claesson's who has pretty much next to 0.
Yeah that's what i said. Looks more like Claesson than Karlsson and has more offensive upside than Claesson.

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12-29-2012, 04:44 PM
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Watching the game, Wikstrand showed some strong physical play. There was this one instant where a Latvian player dumped it in and 2 were chasing him for the forecheck. He moved the puck to the farther side of the player and just LAYED him out with a hit that knocked him down and forced the other player to try to commit to the puck which he moved up-wards and had 2 players stranded that led to a rush for Sweden.

He plays like a typical all-around defender. He controls the play on the PP(When Sweden actually want to use the points) and he is their stability on defense. Also, he always seems to find the best break-out pass that almost always lead to a clear shot on net.

He has really been good.

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12-29-2012, 05:23 PM
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Yeah that's what i said. Looks more like Claesson than Karlsson and has more offensive upside than Claesson.
Yes and he resembles a stick more than a donut.

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12-29-2012, 05:28 PM
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Yes and he resembles a stick more than a donut.
That's hardly fair, what relevance does a donut have to hockey?

Oh wait, I got it. Timbits hockey. Ok you win this round.

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12-29-2012, 05:32 PM
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Yeah that's what i said. Looks more like Claesson than Karlsson and has more offensive upside than Claesson.
But he doesn't look like either.

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But he doesn't look like either.
Yes, i agree he doesn't. I think ReginKarlssonLehner's statement is the most accurate: He plays like a typical all-around defenceman.

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I think it's fair to say that his strengths are in the offensive game, but by no means does he have any game-breaking offensive talent. He's just a good puck-mover who's solid.

With the game evolving, players aren't gonna need to have game-breaking offensive abilities nor be dinosaurs. As Wikstrand fits neither category, one might be less excited about him, but I think he's a good prospect that definitely has more upside than Fredrik Claesson, as much as I like that guy.

Today, however, was clearly his second worst game of the tournament behind the disappointing Swiss performance (including the pre-tourney games).

It'll be interesting to see what happens now that the real tournament starts.

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12-29-2012, 05:55 PM
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I think Wikstrand will be on our blueline by 2017.

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12-29-2012, 06:17 PM
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I think it's fair to say that his strengths are in the offensive game, but by no means does he have any game-breaking offensive talent. He's just a good puck-mover who's solid.

With the game evolving, players aren't gonna need to have game-breaking offensive abilities nor be dinosaurs. As Wikstrand fits neither category, one might be less excited about him, but I think he's a good prospect that definitely has more upside than Fredrik Claesson, as much as I like that guy.

Today, however, was clearly his second worst game of the tournament behind the disappointing Swiss performance (including the pre-tourney games).

It'll be interesting to see what happens now that the real tournament starts.
Well said, but one thing you need to be very good at in today's game is skating and from what i've seen in these three games his stride clearly needs to improve. He lost a couple of puck races that were very close to cost the team.

What impresses me the most is that he looks to be a disciplined guy.

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12-30-2012, 05:24 AM
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Drouin is insane. By far Canada's best forward so far. His puck possession and creativity is elite.

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