So what are the favorites for this years tournament, which teams look stronger or weaker than usual? Enlighten me with information on how strong your nations team look. It seems like Canada will be missing quite a few players as usual, but will still ice a time team that should be favorites right? USAs team will be made up from 92's and 93's two agegroups that managed to win u-18 wjc, so I reckon they will have a strong team. Saad was sent down, and I don't think Faulk will stick in NHL this season after his poor play so that means they will have all players availeble. Finland seems to have a great team this year, and should challenge for a medal for the first time in a long while, or do I overate them? I don't know nearly enough about the russian team, who will be the stars besides Kuznetsov? Is it better or worse on paper than last years champions? Swedens team looks a bit weak on paper is my impression. Zibanejad would be a great addition, if Ottawa decides to send him back to Sweden. Sweden has good centers and probably good goaltending. Defense looks weak so far, since very few d-man has started this season great, who will for example run the PP? I also think we lacks high end wingers (allthough Ã…berg has started this season well). If Sweden is going far in this tournament, we have to rely more on teamwork than individual skill is my guess. We play in a weak group though, so if we manage to beat Russia we would have a chance to win it and qualify directly to the semifinals. How does Czech republic, Switzerland and Slovakia look? Any info would be appriciated.