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MiracleOfO2704

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Aren't most countries in the same boat though? Or is this going to hit the US and Canada particularly hard?
It doesn’t help anyone, but the US and Canada can probably put together an A and B team from the NHL. I think the country with the biggest net gain is likely Russia, since their B team would be KHL-heavy, and the US and Canada won’t be able to send a roster that can compete.
 

BaseballJones

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It doesn’t help anyone, but the US and Canada can probably put together an A and B team from the NHL. I think the country with the biggest net gain is likely Russia, since their B team would be KHL-heavy, and the US and Canada won’t be able to send a roster that can compete.
That makes sense. I figured Russia would still be able to field a really good team.
 
Clode is coaching Team Canada
And David Krejci is playing for the Czechs, FWIW - their roster was announced on Thursday as well. (He's now playing for HC Olomouc in the Czech Extraliga.)
It doesn’t help anyone, but the US and Canada can probably put together an A and B team from the NHL. I think the country with the biggest net gain is likely Russia, since their B team would be KHL-heavy, and the US and Canada won’t be able to send a roster that can compete.
Absolutely right, although the US again seems a bit narrow-minded to me in taking so many college kids when there are some seasoned vets with proven track records across Europe they could be picking. For example, my Champions Hockey League commentary binkie Ryan Lasch is leading the SHL (Sweden) in scoring for Frölunda Gothenburg and is a very good playmaker. He's 34 years old now, and he's only 5'7", but he's proven himself at the highest non-KHL levels of hockey everywhere he's gone - Sweden, Finland, Switzerland - for a good seven or eight years. I wonder if he was even under consideration for selection?

I think Canada has so many good players in the KHL and across Europe that they should almost be able to match the Russians. But Russia will rightly be the favorites, again.
 
Btw, if anyone was unaware from my Diary thread in the Media forum, I'm going to Beijing to commentate on the Winter Olympic hockey for OBS. I'm currently scheduled to call 4 women's games (including one semifinal and the bronze medal game) and 14 men's games (including both semifinals and the bronze medal game), although particularly if COVID forces other commentators out of action, that preliminary schedule could well change. Sucks that no NHL players will be there, but I'm still looking forward to it tremendously, and I've already got my nose to the grindstone researching players and coaches, etc.