The 2 Norwegian players named Viking something and Zucc.
I'll stick to giving my take on some North Americans.
David Backes: A young beast power-forward. He was very good, especially in the early games.
Ryan Kesler: Wow. I don't get to see him much in the East. He looks like a Western Conference version of Mike Richards (or Rich Peverley ).
Tim Gleason: How the hell did Burke initially leave this guy off the team? He was as good as any U.S. D-Man, imo.
Patrick Kane: Damn, he's small, but he's a really skilled player. Probably the most skilled U.S. player, imo.
Ryan Miller: My Pens have owned him lately, so I didn't really get the big deal about him. Obviously, I just hadn't seen him at his best. He really is elite when he's on his game. I'm glad I got the chance to see him at his best. Totally changed my opinion of him.
Drew Doughty: I always saw him more as an offensive D-Man. I was surprised at how complete he is. He looks like the total package on D.
Jonathan Toews: Much more complete forward than I thought.
Corey Perry: I don't know why I love this guy, but I do. I really can't explain it.
Congrats to the Pens players Orpik, Crosby & Fleury for winning medals. Better luck next time Gonch & Geno.
Doughty. Now I know why there was this amount of hype about this kid. He is already one of the best Dmen in the league at such a young age. Amazing to watch him play. Very impressive under pressure situations. Can't say enough about him.
Also Toews. He does all those little things and pitches in on the score sheet too. Great player on both ends of the ice and he does it without the flash.
I think this thread should be retitled ManCrushes on USA or Canada because the only other player really being mentioned is Hiller. Its a shame that David Krejci isn't getting more props. The guy was the best all around player in the tournament for the first 10 days. But i guess that's an after thought?
I knew that Shea Weber was an excellent 2-way defenceman with a mean streak, but not having the oppertunity to watch many Nashville games, I had no idea how good he really was.
When people described his mean streak, I thought of a Kevin Bieksa type mean streak. Weber is beyond mean. He's a demonic tank with a vicious streak. I was so impressed with what I saw from him. The way he made Ovechkin a complete non-factor was amazing.
I was pimping Toews and Doughty pretty hard prior to the games, but now, I think I might be unable to ever dislike any of them an iota. Such amazing hockey players.
I always thought Morrow was sort of a useless grinder, and I didn't see his use on Team Canada, but I appreciate him a lot more. I never get to see Mike Richards play really, but I see why is is so highly touted.
I never appreciated Nash for his defensive ability and I never appreciated Perry for being anything other than a *****. Needless to say, those have both changed.