Best Goaltending of the 07 WJC?

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  1. Heat McManus

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    Here are all the goalies as per the rosters on IIHF.com. Which team is the strongest? Which goalies will suprise us? Who will disappoint?

    Belarus:
    Valery Pronin - HC Keramin Minsk
    Vitali Trus - Khimik SKA Novopolotsk
    Dzmitry Zhurauski - Dynamo Minsk

    Canada:
    Leland Irving - Everett Silvertips (WHL)
    Jonathon Bernier - Lewiston MAINEiacs (QMJHL)
    Carey Price - Tri-City Americans (WHL)

    Czech Republic:
    Jakub Kovar - HC Ceske Budjovice
    Michal Nedvidek - HC Liberec Bili Tygri
    Ondrej Pavelec - Cape Breton Screaming Eagles (QMJHL)

    Finland:
    Antii Harma - Blues Espoo
    Tuuka Rask - Ilves Tampere

    Germany:
    Danijel Kovacic - SB Rosenheim
    Timo Pielmeier - Kolner Haie
    Sebastian Stefaniszin - Eisbaren Berlin

    Russia:
    Nikita Bespolov - CSKA Moscow
    Ilya Proskuryakov - Metallurg Magnitigorsk
    Semen Varlamov - Lokomotiv Yaroslav

    Switzerland:
    Reto Berra - GSK Lions Zurich
    Lukas Flueller - Ottawa 67s
    Raffael Walter - EHC Visp


    Slovakia:
    Tomas Hiadlovsky - Dukla Trencin
    Branislav Konrad - HKm Nitra
    Jakub Macek - Slovan Bratislava
    Ondrej Mikula - HC Voctovice Ostrava

    Sweden:
    Jhonas Enroth - Sodertalje SK
    Joel Gistedt - Frolunda HC Gothenburg
    Johan Thalburg - Vasteras IK-U

    USA:
    Jeff Frazee - Minnesota
    Jeff Zatkoff - Miami Ohio
     
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    Best depth - Canada, perhaps Sweden
    Best starter - Finland
     
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    I'd say Price for Canada and Rask for the Finns are probably the best goalies in the tournament. The best of the rest are Pavelec, Enroth, and Frazee.
     
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    Best Money Goalie: Switzerland.
     
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    The tourney features a whopping 6 goalies drafted in the 1st or 2nd round of the NHL draft.

    This being his 3rd WJHC, I'd expect Rask to steal the show. Major Junior goalies Price, Irving, and Pavelec should make some noise too. Another guy to keep an eye on is Berra from Swizterland. IMO he's a future NHL goalie.
     
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    Hows Varlamov been playing? I haven't heard all that much about him since the draft.

    Do we know the starter for the US yet?
     
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    He's stolen the starter spot for Yaroslavl in the RSL and playing quite well based on the numbers & reports. A Russian hockey journalist said recently that he might be the best post-Soviet Russian goaltender.
     
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    We will know alot more after the tourney

    as of right now

    Berra, Varlamov and Enroth are probably the most intruging goalies. Should be fun to see how they do
     
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    Talentwise, I'd definitely say Canada is the best of the bunch.
     
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    I would think Frazee will be given every opportunity to be the starter. He doesn't always put up the best numbers, but tends to get the "W". He also has a pretty outstanding international pedigree. Zatkoff is certainly very capable, but unproven at this level.
     
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    Rask likes to play as much as possible, so Finland should be at the top of this category. I have no doubt that Tuukka could not handle the pressure, but I am more concerned that are the other members of Team Finland giving him enough support?

    Sweden looks also quite good in this department. Modig is quite underrated IMO.
     
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    just because they're "the best", it doesn't mean they're the best in the clutch.that said, I nominate reto berra for that title.
     
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    He is not on the team. That is how deep the Swedish goaltending is this year :)
    Jhonas Enroth and Joel Gistedt will be fighting for the job as starter. Gistedt a starter in the SEL and Enroth having superb stats from the second tier league. Personally, I prefer Enroth.
     
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    I belive Modig is the third stringer and he would not be so bad even as a starter. That is why I think Sweden is astonishingly strong in their traditional weakness area this year.
     
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    Rask VS Price
     
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    Sweden does not have a third goalie in this championship. They go with 2 goalies, 7 defenseman and 13 forwards.
     
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    You absolutely right!National senior team coach Bykov said,that Varlamov soon can be in national team!He is only 18 but is № 1 in Lokomotiv!(You have to know that the second goalkeeper Podomatcky was third goalie at the Olympics 2002 in Salt Lake and he is very strong in the net)
     
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    Varlamov and Berra are both a fair bit better than Frazee, IMO. Reto is highly underrated and Varlamov is an insanely talented 1st round pick.
     
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    Don't jinx Rask.
     
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    Well, we don't see eye to eye on Frazee, and that's fine. Frazee's a winner and I think that will come through at this event.
     
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    Here's my top 5

    Rask
    Price
    Varlamov
    Berra
    Pavelec

    Edit: Though I person think that Irving is better then Price and If he weren't a backup, I would put him second and Price third.
     
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    C'mon! Just admit it!!

    It's going to be...

    Rask VS Price;):p:;)
     
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    Never! I do think that Price and Rask are the best goaltenders, but I don't think Finland will make the gold medal game.
     
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    Price
    Pavelec
    Rask
    Varlamov

    It's strange to think that in the entire US system there isn't a better goaltender than Frazee. If the US makes noise in this tournament it will be in spite of their goaltending, not because of it.
     
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