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04-28-2009, 10:35 PM
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Players who have looked impressive thus far

Who are some players who have looked good so far in the tournament?

I watched the Canada-Slovakia game today, and Marcel Hossa and Nagy looked very good. They both played a very NHLesque style, and to be honest, I'm surprised they're not still in the NHL.

According to the stats, Linus Omark has been Sweden's best player (I really wish the Oilers had signed him...), but I have a feeling Mattias Weinhandl will take over soon, like he always does.

For Canada, St. Louis has probably been our best player. Heatley, Spezza and Weber have looked good as well.

Who else?

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Spezza/Omark/St louis/Hossa

i havent watch too many games

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St-Louis and Spezza looked really good today

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Grabovski has looking pretty good. For Belarus anyways

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Miettinen and Niko Kapanen for Finland.

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04-29-2009, 01:26 AM
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Weinhandl could be a 45 goal scorer in the NHL, I'm amazed he never really got the chance when he was there.

He's better than guys like Louie Ericsson and Kristian Huselius, and they're considered semi-stars over there - atleast first liners.


Kenny Jönsson is injured, but he's always the best swedish player.

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04-29-2009, 01:27 AM
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Miettinen has worked his ass off and its paying off

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Weinhandl could be a 45 goal scorer in the NHL, I'm amazed he never really got the chance when he was there.
That same Weinhandl? Maybe if the rinks were wider and there weren't that many hard hitters around...

And didn't he get a couple of games on the topline with both Minnesota and the Islanders?

If a player plays like he did, it is hard for a coach to justify the choice of playing him alot above young guys who actually can provide.

Do you mean 45 point scorer? I see that as a possibility...

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I am really excited to see Rinne play against really good players.

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Markus Peintners beard has looked good


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*shudder* His failure is pretty impressive. Does that count?

Btw, Canes?! How could you?

I've been impressed with Stamkos, so far.

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Kovalchuk In yesterday's game against Switzerland he was so much better than all the others it was ridiculous...

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To mention a few more unknown players; Sven Butenschön (Germany), Baptiste Amar (France).

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what....the...****?

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Kovalchuk In yesterday's game against Switzerland he was so much better than all the others it was ridiculous...
i agree, he was just amazing

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That same Weinhandl? Maybe if the rinks were wider and there weren't that many hard hitters around...

And didn't he get a couple of games on the topline with both Minnesota and the Islanders?

If a player plays like he did, it is hard for a coach to justify the choice of playing him alot above young guys who actually can provide.

Do you mean 45 point scorer? I see that as a possibility...
Weinhandl is clearly more dominant than Eriksson, and he just scored 37 goals.

He's got 45 in him.

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Kovalchuk .. better than all the others ...
but Morozov

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Weinhandl could be a 45 goal scorer in the NHL, I'm amazed he never really got the chance when he was there.
Noway, he is a worldclass player on the bigice surface but on the smaller rinks where its more physical play he is just too weak and he cant hold the puck around the boards like he does on the big ice.

But i can see your point, he got better goalscoring instincts then both of those you mentioned

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but Morozov
Zinoviev too was pretty impressive yesterday.

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Weinhandl is clearly more dominant than Eriksson, and he just scored 37 goals.

He's got 45 in him.

I have to agree with Mattihp on this one. Weinhandl has got a nice scoring touch, but he seems not to be able to translate his game to NHL. I think he's too physically weak to play the game he does in Europe against NHL caliber opposition. He hasn't got the physical or mental toughness to compete in the crease against elite defensemen. Just like a player like Johan Davidsson he can dominate against weaker opposition, but when the going gets tough he's too limited to make an impact. I think about 50 points is his cealing if he played in the NHL.
If Sweden makes to later rounds this WCH and have to face Canada, I'm quite sure Loui Eriksson will have a bigger impact.

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Weinhandl is clearly more dominant than Eriksson, and he just scored 37 goals.

He's got 45 in him.
I do see him as a reliable 45 point-man in the NHL, if he can work harder so that the coach can justify playing him when he goes into slumps (which was the case in the AHL).

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Kovalchuk In yesterday's game against Switzerland he was so much better than all the others it was ridiculous...
Yes, it was Kovy vs. Switzerland and he won. Morozov and Zinojev were OK too. Bryzgaljov looks very sold. From the Swiss side, I hadn't realized Streit is that good. Ambuhl is always fun to watch.

Others that have caught my eye: Miettinen of course and St Louis. Bogosian was a force on both ends of the ice against Austria and physical too, very impressive for a defenceman of his age.

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I do see him as a reliable 45 point-man in the NHL, if he can work harder so that the coach can justify playing him when he goes into slumps (which was the case in the AHL).
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I do see him as a reliable 45 point-man in the NHL, if he can work harder so that the coach can justify playing him when he goes into slumps (which was the case in the AHL).
weinhandl would've been a 70 point scorer if only he'd have 100% vision. i think that hold him back in NA. on a smaller rink you need your eyes a lot more than in europe where no immediate hits are coming.

i really like him as player and it's sad that the incident at the U20 cost him a NHL career. nevertheless is nice to watch him in a tre kronors jersey.

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