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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:23 PM

I'd say the best competition is USA by far. Some other teams might do better than expected, but USA's really been getting better.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 06:42 PM

A little off-topic here, but am I the only one who thinks Martin St. Louis should be on Team Canada in Sochi? I think, not one single hockey expert put him on their rosters, which is a bit surprising, considering Stamkos and him have amazing chemistry and Stamkos is pretty much a lock to make the team. I get that he's 37, but he's still productive at his age (over a point per game this season), and it's not like Stamkos is making him look good either. If anything, it's the other way around.

Nash - Crosby - Neal
Stamkos - Giroux - St. Louis
Sharp - Toews - Eberle
E. Staal - Getzlaf - Perry

Is how I picture the forward group should look like. You have great chemistry throughout the entire lineup.

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:27 PM

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Posted 12 February 2013 - 07:32 PM

Nash will be in a shutdown role on team Canada. He pretty much single-handedly shut down Ovechkin in 2010.

Russia won't win, defense is too soft and meh. Not enough defense on the back-end, and you don't win games going all offense anymore.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:08 AM

I'm getting scared thinking about a potential Brown-Backes-Callahan line. Bumps and bruises everywhere.

Parise - Kesler - Kane
Ryan - Pavelski - Kessel
Brown - Backes - Callahan
Pacioretty - Oshie - JVR

Those second and third lines, not really sure if one is really better than the other, the Brown line is more of a checking line though

McDonagh - Suter
Yandle - E. Johnson
J. Johnson - Byfuglien

Maybe even Anderson if he continues this play.

Pretty good team, strong team defense.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 12:16 AM

I don't get why a lot of people have Neal on Team Canada.

He has had one break out year, directly related to the fact he has played with Crosby and Malkin.

His next best year was 27 goals. He didn't even put up big numbers in junior.

Great player, but not nearly good enough to be on the Canadian Olympic team.
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Posted 13 February 2013 - 11:01 AM

I don't get why a lot of people have Neal on Team Canada.

He has had one break out year, directly related to the fact he has played with Crosby and Malkin.

His next best year was 27 goals. He didn't even put up big numbers in junior.

Great player, but not nearly good enough to be on the Canadian Olympic team.

Big, defensively responsible guy with an amazing shot. You don't have to be an ultra dynamic player to be successful, just look at Stamkos. Guy's invisible until he scores. But he scores a lot because of his IQ and shooting ability.

You don't want a team full of guys who want to be the main man, trying to control the play. You need the Stammers to the Martys, the Neals to the Malkins. He may not be one of the top 20 most talented forwards in Canada, but it's all about chemistry and he's one of the best finishers in the league.


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 01:04 PM

Each team in the top-7 is dangerous. Any of them can give Canada a good run. It'll depend on who gels the quickest, and goaltending.

In 2010, Russia and Sweden were pegged as Canada's greatest competition. Neither of those team's faired well. USA and Slovakia were considered surprises, and Finland did well.

I'll take Russia and Sweden this time around. Both of those teams will be motivated after disappointing showings in 2010.

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Posted 13 February 2013 - 05:35 PM

I'd say Canada V2 as well, though V2's defence probably wouldn't be as strong as Sweden's, but the forwards would be comparable


Stamkos Crosby Nash
E Staal Giroux Toews
Marleau Getzlaf Eberle
J Staal M Richards Neal

Doughty Keith
Letang Weber
Green Pietrangelo



Tavares Lecavalier St Louis
Heatley Thornton Skinner
Sharp RNH Perry
Burrows Couture Clarkson
B Richards/Duchene

Subban Staal
Seabrook Schultz
Beauchemin Franson
Del Zotto/Phaneuf


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Posted 13 February 2013 - 08:11 PM

Ovechkin, Malkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk...Russia is gonna be an unreal squad.

Not to mention they're on home soil (ice).

Thats what everyone said 3 years ago. I don't think they'll do much better unless one of their goalies steps up.

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Posted 14 February 2013 - 08:56 AM

Stamkos - Crosby - Nash
Benn - Taveres - Giroux
Neal - Toews - Perry
Eberle - Getzlaf - Sharp

Weber - Keith
Letang - Doughty
Pieterangelo - Boyle


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Posted 14 February 2013 - 04:55 PM

Can't believe how many people aren't putting Bergeron on the team here. Also, Couturier? Really? Won't even be a thought of Canada's GM. Neither will Burrows.

I don't think Team USA is that strong. I honestly don't see them placing at all, unless Miller (or whoever is in net) can carry them kicking and screaming like he did in 2010. It's really scary that there are 6 centers on Team Canada (Crosby, Stamkos, Tavares, Giroux, Bergeron and Toews) that I would take before any center on Team USA.

To the original question I think Sweden is always the biggest threat.

Edited by Kyosama, 14 February 2013 - 04:56 PM.

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