Monday, September 05, 2016

Morning World Cup Player Notes (Sep 5)

Practices officially open up for the World Cup of Hockey on Monday and the early line combinations are coming in.

The first combinations shown came out of St. Petersburg, where the Russians have already opened up their World Cup camps.

Alex Ovechkin - Evgeny Kuznetsov - Nikita Kucherov
Vladimir Tarasenko - Evgeni Malkin - Nikolay Kulemin
Vladislav Namestnikov - Artem Anisimov - Artemi Panarin

Dmitry Orlov - Nikita Zaitsev
Andrei Marchenko - Dmitry Kulikov
Alexey Emelin - Andrei Markov/Nikita Nesterov

According to correspondent, Tom Gulitti, all four of the KHL representatives had the day off, since they have already started their regular season.

Nevertheless, those top three lines for the Russians already look awfully dangerous and will likely mean business in the tournament.  The defense, however, may not draw the same kind of confidence, but when they have three goalies like Semyon Varlamov, Sergei Bobrovsky and Andrei Vasilevskiy, they won't be too bad in the back.

In Helsinki, the Finns hit the ice for their first practice together and their lineup looks to be fairly solid, up and down the roster.

Patrik Laine - Aleksander Barkov - Jussi Jokinen
Mikael Granlund - Mikko Koivu - Joonas Donskoi
Teuvo Teravainen - Valtteri Filppula - Jori Lehtera
Lauri Korpikoski - Erik Haula - Leo Komarov
Sebastian Aho

Olli Maatta - Rasmus Ristolainen
Jyrki Jokipakka - Sami Vatanen
Esa Lindell - Ville Pokka
Sami Lepisto

Everyone appears to be on the ice and accounted for on Team Finland it's hard not to notice how young their blueline is, but isn't short on talent, which should make them very dangerous.  Also hard not to overlook, Laine and Barkov taking a very important role with this team, showing that the future is now for this side.

Pekka Rinne, Tuukka Rask and Mikko Koskinen will be the three goalies on this side, no word on their pecking order quite yet.

For Team Sweden, they opened up their camp in Gothenburg on Monday and their side will certainly be one to be reckoned with in this tournament, as they boast a lot of experience.

Daniel Sedin - Henrik Sedin - Loui Eriksson
Filip Forsberg - Nicklas Backstrom - Patric Hornqvist
Jakob Silfverberg - Marcus Kruger - Carl Hagelin
Gabriel Landeskog - Carl Soderberg - Rickard Rakell

Unfortunately, the defensemen pairings were not listed by the correspondent, Dan Rosen, so it can't be listed on this post this morning, but no matter which way you shake it, this group is going to be very good with a class like this:  Erik Karlsson, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, Victor Hedman, Mattias Ekholm, Anton Stralman, Hampus Lindholm and Niklas Hjalmarsson.

Of course, in goal, they will be led by Henrik Lundqvist and he'll be supported by Jacob Markstrom and Jhonas Enroth.

Sweden will be a tough team to play against, as their systems are generally fairly solid, they'll just need that timely scoring to help post some wins in this tournament.

We'll be trying to fill in some of the other news and notes through the day, we'll pass along what we find periodically.

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