This is the one tournament Ukrainians can expect a decent outcome out of their National team. Ukraine has always had some trouble against the Swede's, Switzerland are tough to beat but they have been beaten before, and the Italians.. well i'm not sure what the Italians bring to the table.
Group C is certainly the hardest if you ask me. All four teams made it to the qualifying round in Austria. Belarus beat Kazakhstan then, but it was close and there is not too much between the teams. I hope Belarus can do it again...
I think there are 7-8 teams who have chanches to win. After Torino there wont be many NHL-errs and that is why some team can suprise us. Latvia can play very good tournament ( home advantage ). Canada may not dominate because the NHL playoffs and i wonder that how many Canadiens know where latvia situates. So I think Chech, Slovakia, Finland, canada, USA, Russia, Sweden have even chanches to win it and Latvia and Belarus can be in semi finals
This is an interesting situation, since this is an Olypmic year some players on the Olympic team may avoid the World Championships. However there will be other players battling for future Olympic and World Cup spots.