would be funny if they make a rookie line with kuznetsov-burmistrov-tarasenko it would be a lot of fun to watch. but sadly i can't see Bykov do it. i don't even think that Kuznetsov will make the team (sadly)
I agree I just mean that if he's available and healthy he will be there...
Acctually, judging by the following quote from Bykov, Kuznetsov's chances are very slim:
“I’m pleased with the debut of a 18-year-old Kuznetsov. Zhenya did his best, gained points. But somewhere he was clicked on the nose.
He was given to understand that the Euro Tour is not the World Youth Championship. Here, some errors are punished immediately with the puck in your net. The talent of Kuznetsov is obvious. If he keeps on working properly, he’ll become a great master – it’s not beyond his powers. However we have a great competition inside the team to win the place in the squad to play in Slovakia. I’m not a supporter of big jumps. In case of young gifted players it’s important to achieve the goal with confidence, step by step. Furthermore, the fact that the team of Kuznetsov will not play in play-offs, is not an advantage for Kuznetsov. He retains without match practice. But in any case, nobody puts the cross on the prospects of Kuznetsov.”
Kovalchuk - F. Fedorov - Afinogenov - Kovy and Max had good chemistry together last year. They were actually the only Russian line that had any kind of success vs. Canada in the Olympics. They accounted for one of Russia's goals and were on the ice for none of the Canada's goals. I was considering several centers to put on this line. My favorite is Fedor Fedorov. He's big, defensively-responsible and could be very productive on this line. Radulov - Grigorenko - Kulemin - Radulov and Grigs are money together. Kulemin could be productive on any line, but these 3 players together could really cause chaos for opponents. Zaripov - Anisimov - Morozov - I thought about reuniting ZZM, but they didn't look good together at the OG imo. Zinoviev looks finished. Anisimov is a defensively-responsible center with good skills that could work well on this line imo. Mozyakin - Kuryanov - Perezhogin - Kuryanov and Perez have good chemistry together and also play defensively-responsible hockey. These guys are pretty good compliment to Mozyakin imo. Bykov does seem to have some beef with both Kuryanov and Perez, so it might not be them. Kaigorodov could be there instead.
Nikulin - Korneev - They are currently playing together. And since both should be on the team, no reason to separate them imo. Tyutin - Grebeshkov - Solid all-around pair imo. Volchenkov - Atyushov - Offensive-minded blue-liner and a defensive-minded blue-liner. I think it could work well. Kulyash - D. Denisov - The Denis pair. Mr. Slap-shot has been one of Bykov's favorites lately and I think he'll make the roster. I'm a fan of Denisov, but he hasn't been getting chances to prove himself on the NT lately. I am rooting for him to make it. I thought about putting Kulikov here, but I don't think he is ready yet.
Gelashvili - Assuming no NHLers are available, I see the goalies in that order. Koshechkin's team was eliminated in the first round, but it sure as heck wasn't because of his effort (2.20 and .946). Barulin has had a better statistical year, but also a much better team around him. The third spot is up for grabs. Biryukov might have been the favorite a few weeks ago, but he hasn't looked good lately. Gelashvili is more consistent.
does somebody of you know the actual roster of the russian team? They are gonna play some practice games this week in switzerland... Who is on the roster?
if they play with the same roster as against Belarus, it's mostly a mix between promising youngsters (Kutznetsov, Petrov or Tarasenko) or depth players that are older (Rybin or Gorovikov), none of the NHL- or big KHL-Stars have been on board yet. Maybe they have added a few?