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Discussion in 'International Tournaments' started by Kugel, Jan 6, 2005.

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  1. Kugel

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    based on the players coming back and other players who do u think will win the WJC in 2006. canada probably wont have any returnees but im sure they will put a good team together.
     
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    My understanding is the Russians have a pretty young team. They should be hard to stop.
     
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    Canada and Russia should have strong teams with Crosby and Malkin returning. IMO the US will put together a great team led by Kessel and Jack Johnson. I just hope Sandelin stays back at M-D.
     
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    I'd tend to agree that the Russians will be the team to beat. The US should be able to field a decent team if they can get their defence and goaltending issues ironed out. As always, Canada will be strong, but nothing compared to this years 'super' team (thanks NHL lockout).

    Not sure about other countries. Sweden seems to be in a definite decline. The Finns are usually tough to play, but don't have a clue as to who they have returning from this years team.
     
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    Most of the Finnish team can return next year, as it was a very young squad.
     
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    i'd call the Finns the early favourites. They have so many good players coming back with Tukonen/Korpikoski/Nokelainen/Joenssu/Rask. All they need is a good defensemen to step up and they'd be the favourites IMO.
     
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    We'll see. I wasn't too excited about team Finland's 5 on 5 play, especially offensively. They could only score against Sweden and barely against Germany. With luck, they might get to through to the medal rounds, but they're not candidates for gold, IMHO.
     
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    I'd gotta agree with Finland. All that experience as well as some good high-end players. If Rask can play well, they should be able to challenge for the gold.

    As Blair Mackasey said, Canada doesn't rebuild, it reloads, so they will have a strong team again next year regardless of whether Crosby and Barker will be available. Shantz and Dubnyk are available in goal, Schultz, Rogers, Fistric, Smith on defense, Brule, Bourret, Wolski, Comeau, Chucko on forwards. Canada will always be able to send a team that can compete for gold.

    If Malkin can play, Russia will also be very strong next year. But basically the only way he can play IMO, is if there is a lockout. Of course if that is the case, alot of teams will be strong next year as well.
     
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    The Canadians always have to be considered favourites... bottom line, whether or not they have any returning players which they probably wont. The next wave of talented juniors will step in and lead the way
     
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    Unless I made a mistake somewhere, here's the returning Russian team:

    Belov
    Malkin
    Emelin
    Radulov
    Yunkov
    Voloshenko
    Lisin
    Parshin
    Shirokov
    Khudobin

    10 players, and TSN was saying the same number, so I guess I'm right..
     
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    Korhonen and Laakso will anchor the D, both will probably go on 1st round next summer.
     
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    Khudobin is a weakness, but the rest of the team should be quite a group for next year's tournament.

    why can't Russia, almost 150M in population, produce one decent goalie every year.......... Khabibulin, Nabokov* and Bryzgalov, 3 goalies for a 100 forwards :banghead: .. dunno, hire coaches from quebec, send the most promising talents to play in Can, Cze or Fin, but please do something with the goalie situation in Russia!
     
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    we don't need coaches from Quebec, we need Tretiak to work with Russia.. this guy seriously works wonders with goalies.. he spent a week with Sokolov and Bryzgalov at the World Cup, and turned goaltending from a weakness into strength for us..

    he also raised Nabokov, Belfour, Theodore and I think Brodeur, although I'm not sure about the last one..
     
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    Yeah, if you consider guys like Brodeur and Theodore, they all got some significant tutoring from Tretiak =). So Russia needs to get this guy back on its soil working his magic..

    And Russia's population is decreasing at a 500,000-1mil. people a year rate. So pretty soon it'll fall to the level of Finland and Sweden it terms of geopolitical significance :).
     
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    Tell that to the Chicago organization.....they want him too and pay him well.
     
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    I think Dave Bolland and Wes O'Neill should be on the 06 team.
     
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    Tretiak is great but he mostly works with professionnal goalies. We need to improve our devloppement program for younger goaltenders. It's not normal that such great hockey country can't bring more quality goaltenders. I guess the price of the equipement plays a role in this too, I doubt poeple outside big cities can afford such luxury as a goalie equipement.
     
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    Add Kyle Chipchura as the heart and sole two way guy.
     
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    o hail yeah
     
  20. Kugel

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    do u guys think any guys for the 07 draft will be on the team? like brule will get drafted this summer but i mean guys that r eligble for the 07 draft?
     
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    I believe the Czech Republic will have the most players who are eligible to return to the tournament next year.
     
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    Assuming he recovers.
     
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    No, it is Russia with 10.
    Russians will be a team to beat.
     
  24. Jason MacIsaac

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    No they won't.....Canada will. Take a look at their roster, they are still packed. It will take an off year in Canadian hockey for them not to have the most depth.
     
  25. Nimrods Son

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    There are only two players eligible to return for Canada next year, Coburn and Crosby. Canada will be in VERY tough to defend next year unless we get a good goalie.

    USA will be great next year, if they can get a half decent goalie. Phil Kessel just looks like a superstar in the making right now. I know it's early, but I'll go ahead and project him going first overall in an 18 year old draft in 2006, if there is one.
     
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