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WC/season review and looking ahead for the national teams.

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WC/season review and looking ahead for the national teams.

[WARNING: Positivity Ahead]

I wanted a little WC review thread with a positive eye on the future.

What pleased you the most about the WC squad...which players played well...

One of the most important factors for the development and increasing popularity of hockey in our fine but slightly dull country is without a doubt our continued stay in the top division...

National sport organisations like the DIU are often mocked(Just look at the danish football organisation DBU), but I really think we need to salute the DIU on a absolutely amazing season all around.

Not only did we survive in the top division, but we are in the top division with U18 and U20 too....The only other countries with all three teams in the top division are Canada, Sweden, USA, Russia, Finland, Czech Republic, Switzerland and Slovakia....
That is really an amazing achievement, even if there is little doubt that the u20 and u18 will have a very hard time staying up next year.
And to make that even better, we can also field a womens national team that have been improving and could be good enough to compete for a olympic qualification.

I have been feeling quite positive about the future after the WC...The more we get removed from the tournament, the more I realize how many important things actually happened in regards to the future.

We fielded a one paper, very weak team....It was not my any means one of our better tournaments, but its difficult not to feel much better about the future after this tournament when you look at who performed and how young the team actually is.

Having such a "weak" roster, gave us a posibility to watch some players who would normally not make the team, against this kind of competition...and I think most of them showed that they at the very least could handle themselves.

Its not like we are fielding teens here, but we have few players over 30, and a lot of the players already have a ton of WC experience.
We probably got the best goaltending we ever had when you look at the two goalies as a team...Dahm was a beast but Galbraith played really well in his games too. Im far less worried about goaltending the next few years at least.

Oliver Lauridsen was just as much of a pleasure as his first WC. He seems more mobile, and performs suprisingly consistenly despite playing big minutes. We probably won't get that many more WCs from Daniel Nielsen but Oliver is only 26, so its great to know that we have him for a long time. We will probably always have issues on the blue line, but we really make good with little.

Frederik Storm, Patrick Bjorkstrand and Nicklas Hardt are all 26 or younger which is really pleasing.

We will hopefully not have to survive with a roster like this but its great to see that our depth is a little deeper than I expected.

So now its your turn

Anybody who has more knowledge about the u18 team who could offer more about the chances of the u18 and u20 next season...Looking at how many will be missing from the u20 makes it seem like a very long shot.

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