And Finland (bronze) played a very physical game vs. the USA... dominating the Americans in that game, which says quite a bit considering they're a European team. They did as much damage vs. the Czech's in that bronze medal game I'm sure, as Canada did against the Czech's.
Yes, although atleast some of the Czechs showed up unlike against Canada, it was Finland vs. Schwarz for two periods and he stopped everything he possibly could have. Finns first goal was Tukonen unchecked across the crease and burying his own rebound while the second one was a great shot by Oksa that went in from the post.
If the concussion suffered by Olesz is serious enough, then you may see his stock drop, though not alot. Concussions have a tendency to scare some scouts away. He played awesome throughout the tournament though.
What was up with all of Vaneks penalties? Was he laying hard hits and getting roughings or was he chippy and getting trips and slashes? Seen him do both. So i'd judge him by the outcome of his physical play. I have a feeling teams were aware when Vanek was on the ice and keyed in on him defensivly, hard to lead the team in points when u have no one and 5 guys watching u. And just because i am a gopher fan and people seem to be caught up in scoring. So when Vanek lead the national champs in scoring did that really impress everyone.
Parise pulled a Giguere basically. He was good in the rounds before the finals, but still got MVP.
Who says he wasn't good against Finland or Canada? Statistics aren't the only criteria for success. I think he was effective in both games, while being the subject of the opposing teams' top defensive players.
Vanek(Didn't see him but not leading his team in scoring is pathetic)
I kind of get the feeling that numbers don't tell you everything. He might not have led the team in points, but he had 3 goals, the rest of the team combined only scored 2. Without seeing the games, it is tough to say how many chances his teammates didn't cash in on.