I think we can all agree that the defense as a whole was superb. 8 (?) goals against in the whole tournament (Yes, I know Gibson was excellent as well). Excluding the empty netter at the end of this game, the team scored 30 goals in the tournament, 10 of which were potted by defenseman. That's one-third. Incredible.
I don't see why people are so high on Seth Jones. He was very skilled, but had a pea sized brain.
Didn't see it that way at all. I think you mistake his domination of the play when he has the puck. He's the one they want holding it too. He's a beast, Number 1 in 2013.
Great Tourney for USA, 20THIRTEEN !!! Love that we were not a big favorite, always makes it a bit better to win Gold. Big ups to Housley and staff, very impressed with their moves. Big nod to that last line before the empty netter - Miller, Barber, Hartman - all tough, Swedes were afraid to hold the puck.
Speaking of Miller, was a horse, like having a great sweeper on a Soccer team, he gets the puck and keeps it moving in the right directions. Offensive IQ seems so so but I still see him netting 20 a year just off rebounds and broken plays, puck finds him/vice versa.
Gibson and Gaudreau showing how important a 2nd or 4th round pick could be. Remember how everyone thought 2011 was a horrible draft for goalies?
Now onto college, Harvard/Princeton last night at Hobey Baker Rink. Princeton wins in OT, hat trick goal. Sold out crowd went crazy ! Probably the best two days of Hockey I'll see in 2013.
Jesus, someone should read the thread on the WJC board.
Things they talk about after USA wins:
-Americans and Europeans shouldn't be allowed in the CHL
-Less than 1% of Americans know what this tournament is
-The Bronze Medal thread has more posts
Who gives a **** if other Americans don't care? Obviously all the Americans here care, so I don't get that. Also, it just makes them look even worse if no American cares, because we beat them in a tournament that they care about so much, and apparently we don't.
This arrogance by some Canadians is exactly why I root for Canada in EVERY single international game. Seriously they can be playing Afghanistan or something and I'd root for the Afghans.
Jones will be a phenomenal player. The criticism of his play is way over the top. He's an 18 year old and was very very good in a 19 year old tournament. Does anyone remember Pietrangelo in his first WJC? He was terrible and came back the next year and was great. Jones at the same age showed far more than Pietrangelo did in their first tournament and now Pietrangelo is one of the most valued assets in the NHL. Trouba also looks like hes going to be a big time player and probably should have been the 1st dman taken in his draft.
This is 100% accurate post. Jones was much better his first WJC than Pietrangelo. Doesn't mean much so early in his development but it's true.
I can't see how people can watch the last few games and get on Jones case. He is going to be a damn good player. I thought he played excellent. His talent or potential is undeniable.
Typical, everyone swoons over the Isles prospect and the Ranger prospect usually gets ignored. I'm fine with our prospects getting underrated, considering we have a solid track record of producing actual NHLers .
Solid win. Again, don't just look at my location and flag and assume I'm reacting as Canadians would I'm a weird one.
Miller is playing perfect Torts hockey which is good to see. Scoring on the WJC can be misleading IMO. Not only is it shortened tournament games but there are certain gravitation toward certain elements of the game that can Change scoring dynamics for players. Having that said, a little more maneuvering in the offensive zone to give himself a better chance can't hurt his work ethic.
Alex G just didn't find the right chemistry in this tournament. Put him on the right line and a potent power play, he'll be snipping water bottles all day. Trouba over Jones. Gibson channeled some Lundqvist consistency and work ethic.
Johnny Gaudreau is going to be really interesting in a few years depending on how well he works his game and improves on understanding how to use his strengths to be effective consistently.
Congrats to the US team...they were the best team there and deserved it . Not all Canadians think it is our right to win it every year . However...don't act the same way as so many Canucks have done when the Blue Jays win it all this year !!!