Discussion in 'Russia' started by helicecopter, Mar 28, 2015.
Does this generation have the worst goaltending since the days of Zhelobnyuk?
Seems that way.
I think it's nice to see this team compete well down the stretch despite a mediocre defense, shaky goaltending and subpar coaching. Michkov and the rest of the offense carried them this far.
I can't wait for the U20s.
Ironically the defense was somewhat adequate against Canada. It was Chibrikov, Yurov, Svechkov, etc. who failed to perform. And Ivanov let in some weak ones.
Good showing from Michkov though. Buchelnikov played his best game of the tournament.
With the additions of Lukashevich, Mintyukov, Grushnikov reinforcing the back-end, this generation will be a favorite to win gold at U20 in the upcoming years.
I am so proud of our boys! What a game, what a performance. Michkov is the real deal! If the coach had reacted and adjusted the PP (with Michkov on the 1st unit an his spot on the right wing) we would have won the game... so many PP opportunities and so little made of them... Anyway, great performance!
For the U20, I would like to see the following combinations:
Chibrikov - Khusnutdinov - Michkov
The SKA - Line. Fantomas you were right, nobody is better then Michkov comes U20 time in December. He should be right there on the first line. Chibrikov can make Michkovs sidekick like he did at the U18...
Poltapov - Svechkov - Yurov
I really liked Poltapov - such a great complimentary player. He is a work horse, can skate, can win boardbattels/1on1 and carry the puck. With Miro on this line I think Yurov tried to be more of a playmaker, but his shot is maybe as good as Miros and was used far too rarely.
Miro - Ponomaryov - Ghushin
The NA traitors line;-) Two years back we talked about Miro as a potential top 3 pick - this talk is over... he has no IQ at all. He can skate and shoot, that’s it.
Kisakov - Ovchinnikov - Pashin
The we stayed in Russia and are now maybe better then the NA traitors line
Its of course all about skill. The reality will be that a bunch of grinders will play on the 4th line. The D will be decent and in Goal we will have Askarov, so that should looks a lot better.
Sidenote: Michkov should never ever give up the #17 again! My avatar allows it!
True, The defense played better than expected. Maybe I was watching through biased eyes, but I thought Russia played Canada evenly and to a standstill. To me, the difference in the game was inferior goaltending. If your defense is going to do a better job protecting you, you have to repay the favor. Giving up goals on a 30-foot backhand shot, or goals along the goal line, or 40-foot wrist shots will sabotage a team's hard efforts. Many of the goals were because Ivanov went to his knees and gave up the upper half of the net to the shooter. Too many games were close or nearly lost at the end because of goaltender errors. Not to pick on the kid, who fought hard, but he made some big technique errors that have to be corrected.
Why were they not selected ? I blame the coach and the netminder (a couple of real softies). Poor keeping and tactics. This team had the measure and was the only team to do so of the Canadians.
How on earth does Ivanov win the best goalie of the tournament, are we just that spoiled after so many good young Russian goalies or I don't understand hockey? The guy let 4-5 soft-ish goals in the semi and finals...
I think this line would be too small. It can work for junior leagues but they can be negated with physical play at higher levels. Will need at least one forward with adequate size, I'd swap Khusnutdinov with Svechkov or Yurov
Goaltending, in general, was awful at this tournament.
No one impressed really.
Ivanov had some flashy saves, including penalty shots, which is why he was selected.
It's not like he doesn't have talent, but needs work with positioning and patience.
Personally, I would like to see a Trineyev - Zlodeev - Didkovsky line. Would bring a lot of energy and some chemistry.
I like your lines, Natus, but they might be a bit soft. I'm also not convinced Miro will be ready for the U20 level.
Just in case, there is a U20 thread too, might be not a bad idea to write the U20 WJC predictions there.
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