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Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sat Dec 31, 2016 3:26 pm
by Chef Boi RD
Also, the coach is not utilizing Jost properly. He's stuck with those French slugs Gauthier and Roy. Not so sure about the lines on Team Canada.'I'd get that useless goof Dubios off the top unit and put Jost with the turnover machine - Strome.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:35 am
by Per
Come on! A Canada vs Sweden final, was that too much to ask?
Now that you finished second in your group we' re set up to face eachother in the semifinal already.
It's not the same. :evil:

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 1:38 am
by Per
The Finns have a lackluster team this time. The defence is good enough, but they have no offence.

After four games they've only won one and lost four.
Their combined goal differential is 6-8.

Only allowing eight goals in four games is good, that's on par with Canada and only Sweden and the USA allowed fewer, but only scoring six.... :crazy:

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 9:22 am
by Micky
Per wrote:Come on! A Canada vs Sweden final, was that too much to ask?
Now that you finished second in your group we' re set up to face eachother in the semifinal already.
It's not the same. :evil:
No Meatballs this year. :eh:

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 10:23 am
by Chef Boi RD
As long as the selfish low chance shot hog Strome is a WJC team canada member we will suck.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Sun Jan 01, 2017 11:38 am
by Doyle Hargraves
RoyalDude wrote:As long as the selfish low chance shot hog Strome is a WJC team canada member we will suck.
Cool story bro.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:23 am
by Per
So, these are the quarter finals then:
Sweden vs Slovakia, Denmark vs Russia, the US vs Switzerland and Canada vs the Czech Republic.

I expect the semifinals to be Sweden vs Canada and Russia vs the USA.

The Danes are really exceding all expectations this year though, so I think the Russians may have to work for it.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:48 am
by Micky
Per wrote:So, these are the quarter finals then:
Sweden vs Slovakia, Denmark vs Russia, the US vs Switzerland and Canada vs the Czech Republic.

I expect the semifinals to be Sweden vs Canada and Russia vs the USA.

The Danes are really exceding all expectations this year though, so I think the Russians may have to work for it.
And they hate working! ;)

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 10:19 am
by Chef Boi RD
Let's see how many wasted, low chance shots the selfish stat padder - Strome takes today

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 3:11 pm
by Per
Well, Slovakia was not much of a threat. Sure, Sweden dropped the ball a bit when they had established a 5-0 lead, and let Slovakia score three quick goals, but then Sweden scored three more to gain back that five goal lead.
Final score 8-3 and Sweden also won the shots 50-18.

Guess our next game will be tougher.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 5:42 pm
by Chef Boi RD
Stromes 5 on 5 numbers are very telling. Of his 8 points only 1 assist came 5 on 5. The kid sucks

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Mon Jan 02, 2017 8:39 pm
by 2Fingers
RoyalDude wrote:Stromes 5 on 5 numbers are very telling. Of his 8 points only 1 assist came 5 on 5. The kid sucks
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Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:09 pm
by Per
I'm a bit surprised To see the Danes to finish above The Czechs and Finns. But sure, the Finns sorely lacked Laine. They have no scoring. Most teams lack some of their best players, but I think the Finns suffered the most from it.

We Swedes were happily surprised. We did not expect Nylander and Kylington to be available. It'd still be a pretty good team without them, but they add that extra edge. Of course, the one blowing everyone away is the 16-yo Dahlin, but he's not the most reliable player on the team. Amazingly good for his age though.

The semi final could go either way imho.
On paper Sweden looks better, but Canada is playing in front of a home crowd, and there are mental differences;
Sweden has a sort of work ethics where you convince yourself that every game matters. The result is that Sweden now has won 40 straight round robin games at the World Juniors.* You heard right. 40 straight wins. In the round robin. Every round robin game for ten straight tournaments. That includes beating Canada three times.
But in the nine tournaments completed in that time, they've only reached the final five times, and only won the tournament once.

While Sweden thinks that every game matters, Canada knows which games matter.
They often coast through the round robin part and then raise their game to a completely different level once the elimination games start. From what I understand, at the World Juniors, Sweden has never won an elimination game vs Canada on North American ice.

This would be a great time to put an end to that, but I would not be surprised to see history repeat itself.
Either way, I'm sure it will be an exciting game!


*these are the games:
2007/08 (Pardubice, Czech Republic)
26/12: Slovakia 4–3
28/12: Denmark 10–1
29/12: Canada 4–3
31/12: Czech Republic 4–2
(2nd place)

2008/09 (Ottawa, Canada)
26/12: Finland 3–1
28/12: Slovakia 3–1
29/10: Latvia 10–1
31/12: Russia 5–0
(2nd place)

2009/10 (Regina/Saskatoon, Canada)
26/12: Czech Republic 10–1
27/12: Austria 7–3
29/12: Russia 4–1
31/12: Finland 7–1
(3rd place)

2010/11 (Buffalo, USA)
26/12: Norway 7–1
28/12: Russia 2–0
30/12: Czech Republic 6–3
31/12: Kanada 6–5 (penalties)
(4th place)

2011/12 (Calgary/Edmonton, Canada)
26/12: Latvia 9–4
28/12: Switzerland 4–3 (penalties)
30/12: Slovakia 9–1
31/12: Russia 4–3 (ot)
(1st place)

2012/13 (Ufa, Russia)
26/12: Czech Republic 4–1
28/12: Switzerland 4–3 (penalties)
29/12: Latvia 5–1
31/12: Finland 7–4
(2nd place)

2013/14 (Malmö, Sweden)
26/12: Switzerland 5–3
28/12: Finland 4–2
29/12: Norway 10–0
31/12: Russia 3–2
(2nd place)

2014/15 (Toronto/Montréal, Canada)
26/12: Czech Republic 5–2
27/12: Denmark 5–1
29/12: Russia 3–2
31/12: Switzerland 5–1
(4th place)

2015/16 (Helsinki, Finland)
26/12: Switzerland 8–3
28/12: USA 1–0
30/12: Denmark 5–0
31/12: Canada 5–2
(4th place)

2016/17 (Montréal/Toronto, Canada)
26/12: Denmark 6–1
28/12: Switzerland 4–2
29/12: Finland 3–1
31/12: Czech Republic 5–2

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Tue Jan 03, 2017 2:41 pm
by Micky
The only way Sweden does not win this tournament is if they defeat themselves.
They are the best team this year.
But like you say, one and out games are a different mind set.
Not just for the players, but the coach as well, maybe even more.

Re: World Juniors 2017

Posted: Wed Jan 04, 2017 9:00 am
by Chef Boi RD
Is there no doubt that Dahlen is the 1st overall pick in the 2018 draft? We might even see the top 2 picks of the 2018 draft being two defencemen with how good this Canadian kid Ryan Merkely is playing with the GuelphnStorm. Apparently he is looking better and putting up better numbers than Drew Doughty was at the same age.

The Swedes look tough. Regarding their 2 top 2017 rated draft prospects - Pettersen and Andersson. Andersson so far is looking far better than Pettersen even though Pettersen seemingly gets the higher ranking on most lists out there. Don't like Pettersen much, he's a real string bean - 6'-2" 165 lbs, that's worse than Brad Ference the Junkyard Dawg.