World Cup of Hockey: Canada leads pack of 8 teams ready to battle

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Hockey World Cup will be the return in Toronto for the first time in 12 years. Here is a look at the eight teams involved in the tournament to open the Saturday, is as follows.

Canada: talent, the system will be on their favorite

Unquestioned favorite, after winning the final version of 12 years ago in Canada, will try to recapture the World Cup.

Canadians boasts the last two goals tender in order to win the deepest pool, as well as the Vezina of talent at the Art Ross, Hart and Norris Trophy winner and a stack tournament. Puzzle pieces, you should exchange for Mike Babcock of just about all of the players and coaches can take the role and position as needed. 13 front of the twelve has cited at least 30 goals in the season of the NHL.

Canada Hockey Jersey has obtained the only three goals all tournament, so far has provided one of the stingiest defensive screened at Sochi Games 2014. Duncan Keith defense of the World Cup is sidelined by injury, it has received Shea Weber, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Drew Dougthy, a hit by Alex Pietrangelo and Jay Bouwmeester all return. Brent Burns while injecting an air of enthusiasm and attack energy, Jake Muzzin adds the stability of the defense.

Carry price should be locked to start in goal. Canada is also, along with the 2 hours Stanley Cup champion Corey Crawford has won Braden Holt Bee the Vezina Trophy.

North America: Young gun will jump to the crime

North Americans might be the most exciting team to watch.

Canada and has been built with players 23 and younger from the United States, the team will have Connor to Aaron Ekblad McDavid, Jack Eichel, some of the brightest young talent in hockey from Johnny Gaudreau and Nathan MacKinnon. Auston Matthews, please Imagine become the first overall pick Ryan Nugent Hopkins and McKinnon or Eichel and a pair of shifty Gaudreau and team mate.

Defense is inexperienced and young, led by Ekblad, is the standout of the Florida Panthers, “20-year-old along with Seth Jones from the Maple Leafs of Morgan Rielly and the Columbus Blue Jackets. Matt Murray, Penguin, “the goal was awarded the Stanley Cup keeper, Anaheim John Gibson might be busy.

Sweden: defensive stalwart

Silver medal winner in Sochi, Swedes, has bet good to challenge the crown of the World Cup.

Defense superstar Eric Carlson and Anton Stralman, Hampus Lindholm, Niklas Hjalmarsson and Oliver Ekman around all complemented by Larsson Tampa Bay Lightning stalwart Victor Hedman, it should take the lead. All members of the group will often move the skate and easy to pack.

Up front, Swedes, not only still production Sedin twins, Niklas Backstrom and Louis Ericsson, and new talent, such as such Philip Forsberg and Gabriel Landeskog have led.

This is, to defend again come fine defense and goal from Henrik Lundqvist, smart with just enough firepower to complement, it is the responsibility group.

US: hard-line hockey

In scoring champion and the Hart Trophy winner Patrick Kane of Americans reigning NHL, you have execute grind -it- out roster by and coach John Tortorella to protect the most profound goal in the tournament.

Americans Sochi disappointing fourth place, before you get trampled 5-0 by Finland in the bronze medal game, was edged Canada 1-0 in the semifinals. They are Phil Kessel, chose to return the top scorer from the tournament, such David Backes, Mr. Brandon Dubinsky, frustrating, such as Justin Abdel Kader and Ryan Kessler, instead of the type of blue-collar dependent we have.
Beyond the Kane, Jets winger Blake Wheeler, Montreal captain Max Pacioretty, of Wild star Zach Parise, and the Leafs winger James van Riemsdyk is, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the same level as the team to the high-end skills, such as North America It is not there.

Defense is not only the Alliance puter and Ryan McDonough, a potential game changer in Dustin Byfuglien, if unspectacular, is solid. Jonathan Quick, in the Ben Bishop and Corey Schneider, the Americans will have three of the best goal tender in the tournament.

Took over youth injection: Finland

In the gold medal in five of the last six Olympic Games, it is unlikely that Finns go quietly.

This is not the aging roster led by Teemu Selänne who won a bronze medal in Sochi. It Winnipeg Jets sensation Patrick rain, not only the Panthers center Alexander Barkov, including the young defenders such as Orri Maatta and Sami Vatanen, full of young people. 23 athletes of Thirteen on the roster has been less than 25 years old. It is always to protect the familiar defense and stable goal, the Finns that have relied on excitement and a little more PEP, you need to provide.

Finland is likely to spend more pressure to either of Tuukka Rask and Pekka Rinne a goal, especially young in the back end.

Russia: complete offense of the top goal scorers

Perhaps, it can not be the team to boast a game-breaking talent such as Russia in the competition.

From Alex au Bechikin and Evgeni Malkin to Vladimir cod obturator and Nikita Kucherov, Russia will be loaded aggressive talent. Of course, it is including a fifth place showing in the home country in 2014, in the case of Russia, who is less than the past two Olympic Games, usually.

This squad, mainly the influx of young players that talent, such as the 23-year-old Kucherov (30 goals last season), 24-year-old Tarasenko (40 goals) in the same manner as in Artemi Panarin, the reigning Calder Trophy, but deeply, winner and, Evgeny Kuznetsov, top scorer for the Washington Capitals, who won the trophy of the President (77 points).

Ovechkin, Malkin and Paberudachuku, to stack these star on top of the legend of the now of the original Red Wing, for the opponents of the World Cup there is a lot to fear here.

Outside stalwart Andrei Markov of the 37-year-old Montreal Canadiens, the defense is the most young contingent, to protect the goal as both Semillon badass error Moff and Sergei Bobrovsky had a performance of last season rock It is full of question marks.

Europe: age, experience lead the European mish-mash

France, Denmark, Germany, Slovakia, Slovenia, Switzerland, Austria, Norway – – Team 8 countries represents a, (39 years old) Zdeno Chára including expected Misch-mash which is inclined toward the aging group of stars of NHL in the roster, Marianhossa (37), Marian Gaborik (34) and Thomas Vanek (32).

In defense, the character will be joined by 38-year-old Mark Streit, the 35-year-old Dennis Seidenberg and 34-year-old Christian Ehrhoff,.

New Kings captain Anze Kopitar is a powerful midfield to Europeans, but give the two-way force, you may not have enough score in this group to become a threat. Seizures, Gaborik and Vanek are all veteran, Oilers Corner up-and-Leon Draisaitl is only 20.

Jaroslav Halak is a solid option in goal.

Czech Republic: the weak lacks the defensive star

Czechs are the weakest, but displayed in the heading paper to the World Cup will have a young roster.

Petr Mrazek, the first goalkeeper is high was one possibility for the first half of the highest of the last season of the NHL, there is a possibility that there is a difference. It is because it does not have a lot of firepower after you back out for the top center of David K rejci Gakega, it needs to him that the team is a hot red. Jakub Voracek front Milan Hiroyoshi Wexford click and youth mixed front accidental, such as Ares Hemsky, for example, of the 20-year-old David Pastrnak and the 22-year-old Thomas Hertl well, aging of talent.

Group on defense, out of the Maple Leafs defender Roman Polak and eight teams, most thin but are joined by the likes of Zbynek Michalek and Andrei Sustr, is easy.


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