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    u20 IHWC 2015 World Junior Championship Montréal /Toronto - Discussion Thread

    http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=459703 Ho-Sang "insulted" not to be invited to the camp.

    This kid Ho-sang was a late first round pick (Islanders) and probably slipped a lot based on rumours of an attitude problem. TC decided NOT to invite him and he has likewise been left off u-18 rosters. I'd say "insulted" is a bit cocky. Not "disapointed" but insulted. Probably a good idea to leave him home. In the article he compares himself to Tavaras ...I mean really ?

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    From the article:

    What's my goal? Ho-Sang said, repeating the question. "It's to be better than everyone else there. I want to be better than John Tavares, I know he's an unbelievable player and I want to push myself against those guys because that's how you get there. If I'm going head to head and pushing toes with Johnny T, chances are pretty good that I'd make the team."
    Says he wants to be better than Tavares. He picked the best player on his future team and is using him as a goal. I see nothing wrong with that. The goal may be lofty, but you may as well aim high.

    I think people take issue with him not because he thinks this way, but because he dared utter his thoughts publicly. It is refreshing when a player speaks his mind rather than offer up the boring interview standard. If I were an Islanders' fan, I would be encouraged by the kid's drive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiraly View Post
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    Says he wants to be better than Tavares. He picked the best player on his future team and is using him as a goal. I see nothing wrong with that. The goal may be lofty, but you may as well aim high.

    I think people take issue with him not because he thinks this way, but because he dared utter his thoughts publicly. It is refreshing when a player speaks his mind rather than offer up the boring interview standard. If I were an Islanders' fan, I would be encouraged by the kid's drive.
    Well, if you're gonna talk the talk you damn well better walk the walk.

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    Hmmm. CHL is 1-3 against the Russian selects in the annual super series with 2 games left with the Q (generally considered the weakest of the 3 leagues). Usually they (CHL) win the series and often in convincing fashion. The Russians don't always send their A team though and its anybody's guess who gets to go. No panic (yet) but not a good sign. There will be even more scrutiny than usual with the tournament in Montreal/Toronto.

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    Well, the Q managed a split so we end up 2-4 on the super-series. Not a good sign.

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    I didn't even realise that so much time has passed that this tourney will be played so soon. Excited as every year, but don't really know what to expect from Slovakia. A few high profile players who are doing well in men's leagues in Martin Réway, Peter Cehlárik, Erik Černák and Christián Jaroš seems to be making a break through in SHL as well.

    Terrible season for Slovak players in overseas junior leagues (compared to the years of the 1991 class, where we had players who were PPG players in major junior), so I don't expect too many players from overseas despite the tourney being played in Canada. David Šoltés from the WHL, Daniel Gibl from OHL (as he was with the team during the November tourney) are the two names that come to mind.

    I would like to see 1997 goalie Matej Tomek who finally came back from an injury to get his fourth shutout out of 8 games played in the NAHL, but I fear Bokroš might favour older/Euro goalies ahead of him.

    All in all, we will need the top players to perform and the depth guys from the U20 team to bring their top team, otherwise we could get easily beat out by German for that 4th place in a tough group.
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    This tournament will be a bigger media circus in Canada than usual being in Montreal & Toronto. I'm sure every game will be sold out too. Good for the kids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Wagon View Post
    Well, the Q managed a split so we end up 2-4 on the super-series. Not a good sign.
    The WHL dominated the Russians in their two games outshooting them significantly.
    The problem was the Western league couldn't solve the Russian goaltending and the Russians swept both games each by a 3-2 score.
    The real surprise was Russia's 4-0 whitewash of Team OHL.
    That loss pretty much assured the Russians the series.
    The CHL has lost this series before but have never been down 3-0.
    The last time Canada won the U20 tournament they dominated this series 5-1.
    Wins have been a lot tougher to come by for the CHL in the last 5 years.

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    Slovakia Preliminary Roster

    Radovan Bondra W 1997 Team Slovakia 18 Slovakia
    Dominik Briestenský RW 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Peter Cehlárik W 1995 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    Peter Galis RW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Kristian Horvát C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    LukᚠHrušík LW 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Michal Kabáč C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Patrik Koyš LW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Róbert Lantoši W 1995 VIK Västerås HK Sweden
    Samuel PetrᚠLW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dominik Rehák C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Martin Réway C/W 1995 HC Sparta Praha Czech Republic
    Pavol Skalický C/W 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dávid Šoltés RW 1995 Prince George Cougars WHL
    Matúš Sukeľ C 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia

    Patrik Bačik D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Erik Černák D 1997 HC Košice Slovakia
    LukᚠDubeň D 1995 Piráti Chomutov Czech Republic
    Frederik Fekiač D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Marco Hochel D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Matúš Holenda D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Christián Jaroš D 1996 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    Dominik Jendroľ D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Branislav Pavúk D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Mislav Rosandić D 1995 HC ‘05 Banská Bystrica Slovakia

    Denis Godla G 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dávid Okoličány G 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaaa View Post
    Radovan Bondra W 1997 Team Slovakia 18 Slovakia
    Dominik Briestenský RW 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Peter Cehlárik W 1995 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    Peter Galis RW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Kristian Horvát C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    LukᚠHrušík LW 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Michal Kabáč C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Patrik Koyš LW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Róbert Lantoši W 1995 VIK Västerås HK Sweden
    Samuel PetrᚠLW 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dominik Rehák C 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Martin Réway C/W 1995 HC Sparta Praha Czech Republic
    Pavol Skalický C/W 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dávid Šoltés RW 1995 Prince George Cougars WHL
    Matúš Sukeľ C 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia

    Patrik Bačik D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Erik Černák D 1997 HC Košice Slovakia
    LukᚠDubeň D 1995 Piráti Chomutov Czech Republic
    Frederik Fekiač D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Marco Hochel D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Matúš Holenda D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Christián Jaroš D 1996 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    Dominik Jendroľ D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Branislav Pavúk D 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Mislav Rosandić D 1995 HC ‘05 Banská Bystrica Slovakia

    Denis Godla G 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    Dávid Okoličány G 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    5 further players will join the team later during the preparation:

    G Daniel Gibl 1995 Barrie Colts/OHL
    G Adam Húska 1997 Team Slovaki 18
    D Patrik Maier 1996 Kamloops Blazers/WHL
    F Matej Paulovič 1995 Muskegon Lumberjacks/USHL
    F Juraj Šiška 1996 Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL
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    Exhibition game last night in Toronto: Canada 10, CIS Toronto Selects 3. Played at the former Maple Leaf a Gardens. A 2nd game scheduled for this afternoon at which time I figure the Canadian coaching staff will make the final roster decisions

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    Here is the swedish preliminary roster. Youngest roster in 6 years.

    Linus Söderström, Djurgården -96
    Jonas Johansson, Brynäs -95
    Samuel Ward, Asplöven -95

    Sebastian Aho, Skellefteå -96
    William Lagesson, Dubuque Fighting Saints -96
    Andreas Englund, Djurgården -96
    Robert Hägg, Lehigh Valley Phantoms -95
    Oliver Kylington, AIK -97
    Gustav Forsling, Linköping -96
    Robin Norell, Djurgården -95
    Julius Bergman, London Knights -95

    Rasmus Asplund, Färjestad -97
    Anton Blidh, Frölunda -95
    Leon Bristedt, University of Minnesota -95
    Adam Brodecki, Brynäs -95
    Jacob de la Rose, Hamilton Bulldogs -95
    Christoffer Ehn, Frölunda -96
    Anton Karlsson, Frölunda -96
    Axel Holmström, Skellefteå -96
    William Nylander, MODO -96
    Adrian Kempe, MODO -96
    Victor Olofsson, MODO -95
    Oskar Lindblom, Brynäs -96
    Lucas Wallmark, Luleå -95
    Jens Lööke, Brynäs -97
    Andre Burakovksy, Washington Capitals -95

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    2nd exhibition game today for Canada. They defeated CIS Ontario Selects 6-0. I attended the game. Can't take much from it, when the competition is clearly below the level of the winner. Following the game, the team cut forwards Nick Baptiste (Erie, OHL), Morgan Klimchuk (Regina, WHL), Remi Elie (Belleville, OHL), along with D-men Travis Sanheim (Calgary, WHL), and Chris Bigras, (Owen Sound, OHL). Bigras was on the team last year. The number of cuts to come depend on whether any more players are released by NHL teams. If none are, the team must release an additional 3 players but reports say that won't happen until at least after the Dec 19 friendly vs Russia in Toronto

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    2nd exhibition game today for Canada. They defeated CIS Ontario Selects 6-0. I attended the game. Can't take much from it, when the competition is clearly below the level of the winner. Following the game, the team cut forwards Nick Baptiste (Erie, OHL), Morgan Klimchuk (Regina, WHL), Remi Elie (Belleville, OHL), along with D-men Travis Sanheim (Calgary, WHL), and Chris Bigras, (Owen Sound, OHL). Bigras was on the team last year. The number of cuts to come depend on whether any more players are released by NHL teams. If none are, the team must release an additional 3 players but reports say that won't happen until at least after the Dec 19 friendly vs Russia in Toronto
    Eeeee...gotta hurt when you are cut and made the team last year. I'm not expecting much help from the NHL this year. Too bad the CIS didn't come up with a stronger team.

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    SWISS ROSTER

    gk(3):

    Descloux Gauthier (Genève-Servette HC),
    Senn Gilles (HC Davos),
    Waeber Ludovic (HC Fribourg-Gottéron).

    Defenders (11):
    *Baltisberger Phil (Guelph Storm/OHL),
    Büsser Xeno (GCK Lions),
    *Fora Michael (Kamploops Blazers/WHL),
    Grossniklaus Tim (SC Bern),
    Harlacher Edson (Kloten Flyers),
    Jelovac Igor (EHC Biel),
    Jung Sven (HC Davos),
    Karrer Roger (GCK Lions),
    Kindschi Simon (HC Davos),
    *Rathgeb Yannick (Plymouth Whalers/OHL),
    Siegenthaler Jonas (ZSC Lions)

    Forwad (17):

    Aeschlimann Marc (HC Davos),
    Fazzini Luca (HC Lugano),
    Fiala Kevin (HV71/SWE),
    Fuchs Jason (HC Ambri-Piotta),
    Hischier Luca (SC Bern),
    Högger Fabio (Kloten Flyers),
    Hügli Michael (EV Zug),
    Malgin Denis (ZSC Lions),
    Marchon Marc (EV Zug),
    *Meier Timo (Halifax Mooseheads/QMJHL),
    Rod Noah (Genève-Servette HC),
    Romanenghi Matteo (HC Lugano),
    Schmidli Kris (Kelowna Rockets/WHL),
    *Schweri Kay (Sherbrooke Phoenix/QJMHL),
    Sitje Fredrik (GCK Lions),
    *Suter Pius(Guelph Storm/OHL),
    *Wieser Tim (Sherbrooke Phoenix/QMJHL)

    *join the team the 19th December 2014 in Toronto

    there will be a first reduction after the 15-17 December camp in Lenzerheide(SUI)

    Exhibition-Games

    SUI - SVK, Sunday, 21. December 2014, 19.00 (local time), Peterborough (CAN)

    CAN - SUI, Tuesday, 23. December 2014, 19.00 (local time), Montreal (CAN)

    Final roster after this two games

    Almost half roster composed by underaged 1996 players.

    A part from FIALA, some exciting players to watch like TIMO MEIER who went from category B (2/3
    round pick to A (first round) thanks to his 46 points in 33 games with the MOOSE

    http://www.journaldemontreal.com/201...-de-timo-meier

    Also KAY SCHWERI and TIM WIESER(first player to reach 30 goals in QMJHL this season)

    FAZZINI 76 games/13pts in NLA, NOAH ROD 56/7, HARLACHER 26,FUCHS 24, MALGIN 17/6,SIEGENTHALER 27,
    KINDSCHI 20/4,EHCBIEL'S JELOVAC 16, JUNG 11

    SAN JOSE SHARKS are thinking of letting MIRCO MÚLLER,19, play at this WC which is excellent
    news for Swiss. 24 NHL games and 3 points( 1 goal)
    http://www.swisshockeynews.ch/index....-world-juniors

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    Slovakia Slovakia Final Roster

    G Denis Godla 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    G Dávid Okoličány 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    G Daniel Gibl 1995 Barrie Colts/OHL

    D Patrik Maier 1996 Kamloops Blazers/WHL
    D Patrik Bačik 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    D Erik Černák 1997 HC Košice Slovakia
    D Marco Hochel 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    D Matúš Holenda 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    D Christián Jaroš 1996 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    D Dominik Jendroľ 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    D Branislav Pavúk 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    D Mislav Rosandić 1995 HC ‘05 Banská Bystrica Slovakia

    F Matej Paulovič 1995 Muskegon Lumberjacks/USHL
    F Juraj Šiška 1996 Saint John Sea Dogs/QMJHL
    F Radovan Bondra 1997 Team Slovakia 18 Slovakia
    F Peter Cehlárik 1995 Luleå Hockey Sweden
    F Kristian Horvát 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Michal Kabáč 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Patrik Koyš 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Róbert Lantoši 1995 VIK Västerås HK Sweden
    F Samuel Petrᚠ1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Dominik Rehák 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Martin Réway 1995 HC Sparta Praha Czech Republic
    F Pavol Skalický 1995 HK Orange 20 Slovakia
    F Dávid Šoltés 1995 Prince George Cougars WHL
    F Matúš Sukeľ 1996 HK Orange 20 Slovakia

    Probably not much that could have been done differently about this player, only very few players who could be there and aren't. Strange to have three 1995 goalies, especially when you have someone in form like Matej Tomek available, but he still has two more WJCs ahead of him probably. One could maybe also argue that Kristián Pospíšil who is doing well for Salzburg in MHL could be there. But wit or without them, Slovakia will have to fight hard to beat Germany for that place in the top 8.
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    Looks like the Sens are loaning Lazar to Canada. Good news. http://www.tsn.ca/senators-loan-laza...nship-1.162896

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    ....and Canada - Russia friendly tonight should be interesting. Canada still has 4 cuts to make.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chuck Wagon View Post
    ....and Canada - Russia friendly tonight should be interesting. Canada still has 4 cuts to make.
    and we know Connor McDavid is not in the lineup tonight.

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    SAN JOSE SHARKS will let MIRCO MÚLLER,19, play with the SWISS team. Good news.

    http://www.planetehockey.com/news-cm...rks,49543.html

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    The USA national junior team is playing against Boston University tonight, which is currently ranked #1 in NCAA D.I (i.e., currently the USA's top overall university hockey team). Jack Eichel, a superstar 18-year old forward who has played for the USA U18 and U17 teams, and is projected as the #2 overall pick in the upcoming NHL draft, is Boston University's best player but is playing for the USA this evening.

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    Canada lost 2-1 to Russia in OT Friday at the ACC in Toronto despite massively outshooting the Russians 53-20.
    Canada, playing without Curtis Lazar who was just released from the Senators and Connor McDavid, dominated each period.
    SOG were 14-7, 20-4 and 17-4 for Canada.
    Russia outshot Canada 5-2 in the five minute OT and got the winner with 1:45 to go.
    Obviously goaltending was the difference as Russian goalie Ilya Sorokin stopped 52 of 53 hots for a .981 pct.
    Canadian goalie Zachary Fucale played well but on both goals allowed the puck to drop out of his glove.
    While the final score was not in Canada's favour, it had to be encouraging to see the team dominate to the extent it did.
    And this without McDavid and Lazar in the lineup.

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    From the USA Hockey website, reprinted here for archival, educational and discussion purposes:

    BOSTON - The (preliminary) U.S. National Junior Team downed Boston University 5-2 tonight at Walter Brown Arena in its first exhibition game ahead of the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship.

    The U.S. opened the scoring with two back-to-back shorthanded goals from Noah Hanifin and Jack Eichel less than a minute apart in the first period. Chase De Leo extended the lead to 3-0 in the second period.

    After BU cut the lead to 3-1 late in the second, JT Compher struck to extend the lead to 4-1 midway through the third period. BU scored again with just over eight minutes left and Anthony DeAngelo scored on the empty net to account for the final result.

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    The USA outshot Boston University 41-20.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    Canada lost 2-1 to Russia in OT Friday at the ACC in Toronto despite massively outshooting the Russians 53-20.
    Canada, playing without Curtis Lazar who was just released from the Senators and Connor McDavid, dominated each period.
    SOG were 14-7, 20-4 and 17-4 for Canada.
    Russia outshot Canada 5-2 in the five minute OT and got the winner with 1:45 to go.
    Obviously goaltending was the difference as Russian goalie Ilya Sorokin stopped 52 of 53 hots for a .981 pct.
    Canadian goalie Zachary Fucale played well but on both goals allowed the puck to drop out of his glove.
    While the final score was not in Canada's favour, it had to be encouraging to see the team dominate to the extent it did.
    And this without McDavid and Lazar in the lineup.
    Yes, the shot margin favoured Canada big time, but honestly, I thought their offence was predictable in nature and easy to defend against. Canada showed little creativity and the Russian goalie seemed to just wait for what he knew was coming. On the other hand, the Russian forwards, despite many fewer chances, seemed more dangerous when they did get one and their OT winner was a prime example of using the trailing forward as a surprise. It's only a friendly I know but the Canadians seemed to be squeezing their sticks pretty tight trying desperately to score but lacking some patience to do so.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    Yes, the shot margin favoured Canada big time, but honestly, I thought their offence was predictable in nature and easy to defend against. Canada showed little creativity and the Russian goalie seemed to just wait for what he knew was coming. On the other hand, the Russian forwards, despite many fewer chances, seemed more dangerous when they did get one and their OT winner was a prime example of using the trailing forward as a surprise. It's only a friendly I know but the Canadians seemed to be squeezing their sticks pretty tight trying desperately to score but lacking some patience to do so.
    The Russians had hardly any chances by comparison to Canada.
    I thought that worked against Fucale, who went several long stretches without seeing a shot.
    On the two goals he allowed, the puck dribbled off his glove and wound up in the net.
    You can say Canada's offense was 'predictable' but the fact of the matter was Canada dominated totally in possession.
    I watched the game in five minute segments (alternating with the Sens-Ducks game) and every time I turned over to the Canada-Russia game I was wondering why Canada had not taken the lead.
    The puck was in the Russian end at least 80% of the time.
    Sometimes a goalie just stones a team.
    Having Lazar and/or McDavid would have helped...a little more finish around the net.

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    Canada made the final 4 cuts and i'm pretty surprised. Dal Colle was a #5 pick last year. They also cut Fleury who was a #7. They must be looking for a different spin this year and/or something different than the NHL scouts. These guys have put up big numbers...maybe they want just the right chemistry or are going with guys who played well in the 3 warm-ups as opposed to the guys who have done it all year. Apparently the braintrust are going with their gut and not the safe choices(s). I suppose that's good...unless they fall flat on their faces (again).

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    Canada 5, Sweden 2 in a pre-tourney friendly in Ottawa tonight. Much better all around game by the Canadians but this game was anything but "friendly". Lots of chippy play after the whistle. Connor McDavid played his first game in over a month and had flashes of brilliant speed and created lots of open space for his line mates. My favourite player so far is Max Domi, he has great vision and creates offence from situations where nothing appears to be there. Only issue with him is when he gets upset from a situation where he thinks his opponent deserves a penalty and nothing is called, he tends to lose his cool and take silly penalties. I should know as I officiated his games many times in U14 and U15 hockey and he rarely went in a game without at least 1 undisciplined foul. He did it again tonight and the coaching staff at this level won't tolerate that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    Canada 5, Sweden 2 in a pre-tourney friendly in Ottawa tonight. Much better all around game by the Canadians but this game was anything but "friendly". Lots of chippy play after the whistle. Connor McDavid played his first game in over a month and had flashes of brilliant speed and created lots of open space for his line mates. My favourite player so far is Max Domi, he has great vision and creates offence from situations where nothing appears to be there. Only issue with him is when he gets upset from a situation where he thinks his opponent deserves a penalty and nothing is called, he tends to lose his cool and take silly penalties. I should know as I officiated his games many times in U14 and U15 hockey and he rarely went in a game without at least 1 undisciplined foul. He did it again tonight and the coaching staff at this level won't tolerate that.
    Yeah, I love that term 'friendly'....like 'friendly fire'.
    This game did have a nasty edge to it and much of the chippy play was initiated by the Swedes.
    Good crowd of just under 14,000 in Ottawa for a tune up game.
    McDavid and Lazar's presence was felt almost immediately and they should only get better.
    Can we be surprised about Domi's hair trigger temper?
    The acorn does not fall far from the tree.

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    Pre-tournament game

    Slovakia U20 - Switzerland U20 3:2 (1:1, 1:1, 1:0)

    06:03 SUI 0:1 Timo Meier (Yannick Rathgeb) PP
    10:22 SVK 1:1 Peter Cehlarik PS
    20:38 SVK 2:1 Dominik Rehak (Matus Holenda)
    32:54 SUI 2:2 Jason Fuchs (Phil Baltisberger) PP
    56:50 SVK 3:2 Erik Cernak (Mislav Rosandic)

    SOG: 27:31

    SVK
    Siska - Paulovic - Cehlarik
    Lantosi - Rehak - Soltes
    Skalicky - Sukel - Koys
    Bondra - Kabac - Petras

    Rosandic - Cernak
    Holenda - Maier
    Jendrol - Hochel
    Bacik - Pavuk

    Gibl (starting goalie)
    Okolicany

    SUI
    Rod - Fuchs - Fazzini
    Meier - Malgin - Fiala
    Wieser - Suter - Schweri
    Hischier - Aeschlimann - Schmidli

    Horlacher - Fora
    Siegenthaler - Rathgeb
    Kindschi - Batlisberger
    Jelovac - Karrer

    Descloux (starting goalie)
    Waeber

    Not a bad result for Slovakia who didn't play their best forward Reway and arguably the best D-man Jaros.
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    Results of 2 more friendlies taking place yesterday:

    Germany - USA 2-5
    Finland - Russia 3-2 PS

    Thats the defending champion Finland's 2nd PS victory as they also defeated Czech Replublic 2-1 on Dec 19.

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    Swiss loose to Slovaks like Jaa post confirms above. Maybe not a bad thing because I read
    some comments (FIALA) about too much confidence. Back to earth and concentrate on beating
    Danemark.

    First game on small ice and MIRCO MÜLLER did not arrive. He will play against Canada.

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    How has Anthony Duclair looked for Canada so far?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    How has Anthony Duclair looked for Canada so far?
    Looked really good against Sweden Sunday night.
    In fact, he and his line mates Max Domi and Sam Reinhart actually overshadowed the arrival of Lazar and McDavid.
    The line combined for three of Canada's 5 goals and were dominant with practically every shift they took.

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    Finland released their final roster yesterday.


    Ville Husso, HIFK Helsinki
    Kaapo Kähkönen, TuTo Hockey
    Juuse Saros, HPK Hämeenlinna

    Julius Honka, Texas Stars
    Mika Ilvonen, St. Cloud State University
    Alex Lintuniemi, Ottawa 67's
    Joonas Lyytinen, KalPa Kuopio
    Aleksi Mäkelä, Ilves Tampere
    Atte Mäkinen, Tappara Tampere
    Sami Niku, JYP Jyväskylä

    Sebastian Aho, Kärpät Oulu
    Hannes Björninen, Pelicans Lahti
    Roope Hintz, Ilves Tampere
    Juuso Ikonen, JYP Jyväskylä
    Antti Kalapudas, Kärpät Oulu
    Kasperi Kapanen, KalPa Kuopio
    Artturi Lehkonen, HC Frölunda
    Aleksi Mustonen, Ilves Tampere
    Niko Ojamäki, Ässät Pori
    Jesse Puljujärvi, Kärpät Oulu
    Mikko Rantanen, TPS Turku
    Otto Rauhala, Tappara Tampere
    Julius Vähätalo, TPS Turku


    On paper, the group is slightly weaker than the gold-winning squad last year. Defense especially is a step down from last year with plenty of prominent names like Pokka, Ristolainen, Lindell and others now overage. Much depends on Julius Honka, the Stars top pick from this summer's draft, who is perhaps the single most important player in the squad.

    The forward group is a bit lopsided - plenty of skilled wingers, with solid talents like Kasperi Kapanen and Artturi Lehkonen leading the group. Mikko Rantanen and Roope Hintz, draft eligible next year, are also expected to show up on the scoreboard. Also pay note to Jesse Puljujärvi, a '98 born who is not draft eligible 'til 2016, predicted to be the next poster boy of Finnish junior hockey. However, down the middle there are plenty of question marks. This squad appears to be lacking that leading centerman who's gonna make the plays that make things happen. Aleksi Mustonen is expected to lead the show on this front, but he is no Teuvo Teräväinen or somebody named Granlund. Unfortunately for Finland, their top prospect of this age group, Aleksander Barkov, is already a little... preoccupied.

    Luckily, goalie tandem Saros-Husso is perhaps the best in the tournament, and a lot depends on them if the Young Lions wish to come out on top (or at least close to it) this year as well.
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    Last Friendly games tonight before the tournament games begin Dec 26 are;
    Canada - Switzerland
    Czech Rep. - Slovakia
    Sweden - USA
    Denmark - Germany

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    Canada 6 - Switzerland 0 - solid effort by Canada, 3 goals by Max Domi. I can see why the hype surrounds McDavid, he is a dynamic player with superb puck handling skills and speed to burn. Hard to believe he is still only 17.

    USA 10 - Sweden 5 - it seems the scouts pre-tourney reports that the U.S. Forwards are top notch is true. 10 goals against Sweden even in a friendly is pretty impressive. Might be too early to talk about it, but the traditional USA - Canada New Year's Eve battle is looking to be a beauty

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    Canada 6 - Switzerland 0 - solid effort by Canada, 3 goals by Max Domi. I can see why the hype surrounds McDavid, he is a dynamic player with superb puck handling skills and speed to burn. Hard to believe he is still only 17.

    USA 10 - Sweden 5 - it seems the scouts pre-tourney reports that the U.S. Forwards are top notch is true. 10 goals against Sweden even in a friendly is pretty impressive. Might be too early to talk about it, but the traditional USA - Canada New Year's Eve battle is looking to be a beauty
    The Swedes have allowed 15 goals to Canada and the US...gonna be tough to medal if this is any indication.

    That Noah Rod for Switzerland is one dirty little bugger, isn't he?
    He took two minors but could easily have been nailed for at least three more, including a sneaky dirty elbow to the mouth.
    Try to pull that kind of crap in the NHL and he might wind up with some unscheduled dental surgery.

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    Swedish D and goaltending has to be better.

    Slovakia beat czechs 3-1 also

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    Quote Originally Posted by Heatleysucks View Post
    The Swedes have allowed 15 goals to Canada and the US...gonna be tough to medal if this is any indication.

    That Noah Rod for Switzerland is one dirty little bugger, isn't he?
    He took two minors but could easily have been nailed for at least three more, including a sneaky dirty elbow to the mouth.
    Try to pull that kind of crap in the NHL and he might wind up with some unscheduled dental surgery.
    I agree about Rod for the Swiss. In fact, I thought the Canadian players showed restraint in not re-arranging his face. Nevermind the NHL, if he did that in the CHL, he wouldn't last 5 games, they would kick the crap out of him. Never liked these rats that run around the ice looking for trouble. One day, its going to find him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ref72 View Post
    I agree about Rod for the Swiss. In fact, I thought the Canadian players showed restraint in not re-arranging his face. Nevermind the NHL, if he did that in the CHL, he wouldn't last 5 games, they would kick the crap out of him. Never liked these rats that run around the ice looking for trouble. One day, its going to find him.
    What happened with ROD.

    I watched the first 2 periods and then gave up at almost three o'clock and seeing the lopsided result.
    Canada was way better. Swiss were piss poor on power play when they could have come back into the game.
    Generally they disappointed me. Its going to be a difficult championship.

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    Denmark Roster- Denmark

    Goaltenders: Nicolaj Henriksen - Esbjerg Energy, Thomas Lillie - Växjö Lakers Jrs. (SWE) , George Sørensen - Blue Fox Herning

    Defencemen: Anders Krogsgaard - Esbjerg Energy, Daniel Hansen- SønderjyskE ,Matias Lassen - Rødovre Mighty Bulls, Daniel Nielsen - Hvidovre IK (DEN-1) , Mads Larsen - Malmö Jrs. (SWE) , Victor Eskerod - Unibet Stars Gentofte , Sonny Hertzberg - Oshawa Generals (OHL)

    Forwards: Mikkel Aagaard - Niagara IceDogs (OHL), Nick Olesen - Odense Bulldogs, Kristian Jensen - Luleå Jrs. (SWE) , Andre Stærmose Pison - Wenatchee Wild (NAHL) ,Alexander True - Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL) , Marcus Nielsen - Rungsted Ishockey , Emil Møller Rasmussen - Rødovre Mighty Bulls , Mads Eller - Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) , Mathias Asperup - Malmö Jrs. (SWE), Jeppe Holmberg - Esbjerg Energy , Nicolai Ehlers - Halifax Mooseheads (QMJHL) , Oliver Bjorkstrand -Portland Winterhawks (WHL) , Søren Nielsen - Esbjerg Energy
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    The roster for what will be Denmark’s third WJC-20(2008,2012) appearance has been finalized.

    As always with a Danish junior team, it’s a mix of players from NA and Swedish junior hockey plus the Danish Elite League. Compared to the roster that clinched the D1A title last December, there are 12 returnees including most of the key players from that tournament.

    In terms of international experienced, the majority of the selected players have also represented Denmark at the WJC-18 Level (2012,2014), though it doesn’t change the fact that the Danish team will be in for a tough tournament, hoping to avoid getting relegated for a third straight time.

    While the lack of depth/overall talent will make it difficult to compete with the other nations over 60 minutes of hockey, the top-line of Nikolaj Ehlers-Mads Eller-Oliver Bjorkstrand should be able to create offence for Denmark and the likes of Mikkel Aagaard and Matthias Asperup providing secondary scoring.

    The defence includes several interesting players, but it remains to be seen how they will perform at this level, thus a lot will depend on the play of goalie George Sørensen, who hasn’t played a lot for his team (Herning) this season, but nevertheless is one of the more talented players in the Danish prospect pool and was excellent at the recent World Junior A Challenge, including a 60- save performance against the US.

    Pre-Tournament Results:

    Rosetown Redwings AAA - Denmark U20 0-6
    Denmark U20 - Canada West 3-2 (1-0,1-1,1-1)
    Russia U18 – Denmark U20 2-4 (1-1,0-0,1-3)
    Russia U18 - Denmark U20 1-5 (0-1,1-3,0-1)
    USA U18 - Denmark U20 3-2 OT (0-1,1-0,1-1,1-0)
    Denmark U20 – Germany U20 3-2 SO

    Interview with Nikolaj Ehlers from iihf.com
    http://www.worldjunior2015.com/en/ne...-expectations/
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    Slovak coach Ernest Bokros was quoted in an interview with the IIHF as saying, "I personally rank the World Junior Championship over the senior [Slovak Extraliga contests that HK Orange 20, the core of the Slovak U20 team, plays in] games because it is much faster, tougher and more passionate. And with Canada as host country there will be perfect organization which is sometimes on a higher level than in the senior category."

    That's pretty strong stuff. The IIHF World Juniors are very high level, world class hockey....but better overall than the Slovak Extraliga?

    Did these comments go unnoticed by the Slovak hockey community? If not, what was the reaction?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Slovak coach Ernest Bokros was quoted in an interview with the IIHF as saying, "I personally rank the World Junior Championship over the senior [Slovak Extraliga contests that HK Orange 20, the core of the Slovak U20 team, plays in] games because it is much faster, tougher and more passionate. And with Canada as host country there will be perfect organization which is sometimes on a higher level than in the senior category."

    That's pretty strong stuff. The IIHF World Juniors are very high level, world class hockey....but better overall than the Slovak Extraliga?

    Did these comments go unnoticed by the Slovak hockey community? If not, what was the reaction?
    Here are the current Slovak Extraliga standings:


    http://www.sportstats.com/hockey/slo...iga/standings/

    You can draw your own conclusions....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Slovak coach Ernest Bokros was quoted in an interview with the IIHF as saying, "I personally rank the World Junior Championship over the senior [Slovak Extraliga contests that HK Orange 20, the core of the Slovak U20 team, plays in] games because it is much faster, tougher and more passionate. And with Canada as host country there will be perfect organization which is sometimes on a higher level than in the senior category."

    That's pretty strong stuff. The IIHF World Juniors are very high level, world class hockey....but better overall than the Slovak Extraliga?

    Did these comments go unnoticed by the Slovak hockey community? If not, what was the reaction?
    It might be a bit surprising to hear it from Bokroš of all people as he is such a supporter of the U20 team in Extraliga, but it is hardly a quote that would stir Slovak fans. Considering that the general consensus is that Extraliga sucks and most fans believe that for example Canada's or Russia's U20 team would be dominant in the league. And it's hardly the first time that someone from the federation has talked in this way about the Extraliga, even a few years back (when the league was actually better than now and still with Slovan), it was extremely hard for an Extraliga player to make it to the men's national team for the WC as the official statement was that the league isn't good enough for the players to make it and players from superior league who had bad seasons would make it over Extraliga players with good seasons based simply on playing in a superior league.

    And as for Bokroš most Slovak fans are too busy complaining about him prefering HK Orange players over players playing elsewhere (not inviting G Matej Tomek, F Kristian Pospisil and sending home D Patrik Maier and F Juraj Siska without giving them much of a shot at the camp) to care about this particular quote. Plus, I doubt that too many of them even read the interview as I don't think too many of them frequent the IIHF website, plus there's also he language barrier and I haven't really seen a translation on a Slovak website yet.
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    Interesting article about the man who helped pioneer what is now the U20 WC.

    http://www.thehockeynews.com/blog/me...-championship/

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    Jaaa.....Canada and Russia might not even medal, if recent history means anything. ;)

    Anyway, I appreciate the response and insight.

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    Great read, Ref72. I had no idea that's how the WJC's got started.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Brunengraber View Post
    Jaaa.....Canada and Russia might not even medal, if recent history means anything. ;)

    Anyway, I appreciate the response and insight.
    Haha, true, although I don't think that recent history means all that much in this tourney as unlike with the men's tourney the players constantly change except for a few returnees. Also, just because Canadians and Russians didn't succeed in a short tourney, doesn't mean they wouldn't fare well in a long term competition. I could have used the US or Sweden as well in their place, was just using CAN and RUS as an example. I know the Finns won last year, but they don't seem to have the consistency or depth at this level like they have at the men's level (even played in the relegation round twice in the last 6 years of the tourney*).


    *I know it happened to the Americans once as well, but generally they have been much more consistent in finishing top 4 in this tourney than the Finns have.

    Anyway, really looking forward to the tourney, I'm not sure to expect from some of the teams this year. Especially the developments in group B should be very interesting to follow. The Czechs ought to have one of the best teams in recent memory, but there were some questionable desicions by the coach and anytime you see a Czech team losing to Slovkia (even if it's just pre-tourney) it's not a good signal. The Swiss seem to have pretty good depth with some top end talent in Mueller and Fiala. Ehlers has been on fire for the Danes. The Swedes also somewhat struggled in pre-competition.

    As for group A, hope Slovakia manages to escape with as few blowouts as usually and a win over th Germans, haha.
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    Wow, dream start for Denmark, up 2-0 over Russia after period 1.

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    Yup, they are playing with a lot of heart. Question is, how long can the top line make it playing so much, not just in this game, but in the whole tournament.
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