The other day I was looking at Russia's possible payer selections for the 2010 Olympics, and I came to the following conclusion : Sergei Shirokov has to be part of that team. I'd put him right on the 1st line with Ovechkin and Malkin, just like at the 2005 and 2006 WJC. He'd be the perfect fit, and besides, he already plays for Bykov.
Am I insane?
No. Besides the fact that Ovechkin and Malkin didn't play together that WJCs (but made the forth line on WC 2005 the same season) I consider this to be very good idea. He made great contribution in both tournaments (on small ice by the way), progresses each year, has a drive. Though it is rather outside chance that Shirokov will crack the roster in 2010. We have a number of quality wingers: Ovechkin, Semin, Frolov, Zherdev, Kovalchuk are sure bets, as well as Morozov and Zaripov. Then you have veterans: both Kozlovs, Kovalev, Yashin and Korolyuk; young guns: Radulov, Kulemin and Lisin all competing for one spot on wing. Not to mention that Afinogenov or Samsonov may have a good start next year, Perezhogin suits well on bottom lines. So I would like to see Shirokov as 13th forward.
I don't think that it is a problem, when all key players are healthy (even without S. Fedorov). Malkin - Datsyuk one-two punch is as good as everyone's else, including Canada. Together they will play 40+ min a night and participate in all deciding situations. So that leave about 10 min for each of two other centermen, chosen from Zinoviev, Tereschenko, Chubarov, Svitov, Brylin. All of them are responsible two-way players, whom I have no problem showing against other countries' 3-4 lines.
The main issue, however, is health of Malkin and Datsyuk - we don't have anyone to replace their role in present days.
Well, that's what I mean. What if Malkin and/or Datsyuk can't go?
We have some talented young Center prospects in Filatov, Anisimov, Grachev and Zubov. Hopefully, they develop well and quickly.
I'm not sure if Columbus is developing Filatov as a Center or Winger. I believe it's as a Center.
Filatov and Zubov are wingers nowadays; Grachev, at least on Team Russia, plays as a center, but he is far from Olympic or WC level. Anisimov is the closest one, but still too far away from roster - he should put something about 50-60 points pace with a strong two-way next season, to make the cut. Which is quite unlikely.
Milloy2 I am the one who started that post on Russians being more canadian like. and posted the video of the Russian kids fighting
That was meant to make a point of how Ridiculas fighting is. You jumped on this as if to say i was showing how great Russians were at fighting then pointed out how bad semin was and how your Canadian boys were gonna show us.
Agian the whole reason for that post was to show how Ridiculas things like that are!!
you didn't get it and you still don't get it.
Hockey is played with a stick and a puck ( Not with fists) it is to be played with skill speed and creativity not with dump and chase and goon tacticks.
Please stop wasting are time with your ridiculas posts
Ya ya i got warned for those posts but this post was fair and i would like some answers. Why will russia win in 2010? If you dont think they will win dont post if you do i would like to know how they will do that, simple question