Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Cush, Dec 22, 2006.
Nice list. Imo, Staal is a bit high while Okposo, with his monster perforance at NCAA, is too low.
I can't beleive that they didn't mention Patrick Kane.
Is Backstrom that good???
I am starting to wonder if he'll even turn out to be a 100 point player in the NHL.
believe me he is.
He sure is.
Parent? ... Didn't he shut down the US golden boy last year in Phil Kessel?
And Malkin as well, if I'm not mistaken.
Playing next to Alexander Ovechkin has even made Dainius Zubrus look good... at times.
Parent and Staal were an amazing combo last year at the WJC. Most notably shutting down the likes of Both Kessel and Malkin.
Hope they have the chemistry again for this run.
I'm looking forward to watching Okposo, Toews, Rask and Frolik. The rest i don't care about. Erik Johnson is good but i see enough defenseman do that sorta thing already.
Who says they are ranked in order?
9. Tuukka Rask, G, Finland
Watching Andrew Raycroft struggle in the net of late has to be painful for fans of the Maple Leafs. But as they watch the WJC, it's only going to get worse.
Rask, the player Toronto sent to Boston in exchange for Raycroft, looks ready to emerge as the next great Finnish goaltender. At 19, he already ranks as one of the top stoppers in the SM-Liiga, and has the kind of off-the-charts ability that allows him to win games all by himself. That may come in handy. For the Finns to medal, Rask will have to be the tournament's top stopper.
This will go down as JFJ's worst move ever.
Admittedly biased (as a Coyote fan) but I think Mueller and Hanzal will be ones to watch this tourney.
They are both top scorers in the WHL and should be instrumental on their teams this World Juniors.
I'm also looking forward to seeing Okposo and Gagner.
I agree but more Mueller than Hanzal. I'm kinda shocked Mueller wasn't mentioned just due to how highly touted he is and how much he's tearing up the WHL.
Nice article, minus the confusion of Erik and Jack.
They didn't play on the big ice last year. It was in Vancouver last year.
he has played in numerous other international tournaments with Canada. On the big ice
BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m just continues to surprise all the time. Although he has sky-high expectations. I don't think any other of these is even close to scoring more than a point per game in a top MEN's league.
I am a little suprised that they mentioned Erik Johnson, but not Jack
Bergfors has close to a point per game in a top mens league.
They list Zatkoff but not Jack Johnson?
Me, Numbers near their surnames and EJ-Backstrom at top of the list.
But from the look of it, he looks like one or two or even three steps behind BÃ¤ckas in pretty much everything ^^ guess that says more about the AHL than the players.
Bergfors is a VERY talented player, but he was not even near SEL quality when he went over and became a decent player in the AHL overnight
BÃ¤ckstrÃ¶m is arguably the best or at worst second best player in the SEL. When Bergforss left he would've probably ranked among the 120 best players to play in the SEL that particular season, but not much higher.
He plays at North Dakota. Big ice.