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World Juniors GDT: Russia vs. United States, 12.28.12


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#1 OFFLINE   Erik C.

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:10 PM

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December 28, 2012
9:00 AM Eastern
Ufa Arena, Ufa, Russia

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Absent a formal gave preview, I’m including with the team rosters the NHL.com preview written for each team.

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Coach: Mikhail Varnakov

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
27Kirill DyakovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
28Yaroslav DyblenkoDefense2013 Draft Eligible
25Mikhail GrigorenkoForwardBuffalo Sabres
21Kirill KapustinForward2013 Draft Eligible
19Alexander KhokhlachevForwardBoston Bruins
29Pavel KoledovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
18Yaroslav KosovForwardFlorida Panthers
16Nikita KucherovForwardTampa Bay Lightning
20Andrei MakarovGoalieBuffalo Sabres
22Andrei MironovDefense2013 Draft Eligible
11Yevgeni MozerForward2013 Draft Eligible
9Nikita NesterovDefenseTampa Bay Lightning
15Valeri NichushkinForward2013 Draft Eligible
7Artyom SergeyevDefense Tampa Bay Lightning
8Maxim ShalunovForwardChicago Blackhawks
12Andrei SigaryovForward2013 Draft Eligible
17Anton SlepyshevForward2013 Draft Eligible
14Vladimir TkachyovForward2013 Draft Eligible
1Igor UstinskiGoalie2013 Draft Eligible
30Andrei VasilevskiGoalieTampa Bay Lightning
10Nail YakupovForwardEdmonton Oilers
5Albert YarullinDefense2013 Draft Eligible
26Danil ZharkovForwardEdmonton Oilers


Last year: After an emotional victory over Canada in the semifinals of the medal round, Russia dropped that 1-0 decision to Sweden in the final. The Russians rallied for three straight medal-round victories against Finland, Sweden and Canada but couldn't solve Swedish goalie Johan Gustafsson, who stopped all 17 shots in his direction in the final. Russia finished second in Group A with three victories and a 4-3 overtime loss to Sweden, outscoring its foes, 23-5.

2013 NHL Draft watch: A number of top prospects will be featured, including forward Valeri Nichushkin. Nichushkin, a 6-foot-4, 196-pound right wing, is rated No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary ranking of Russian draft-eligible skaters.

"[Nichushkin] is a big, strong two-way winger," Central Scouting Director of European Scouting Goran Stubb told NHL.com. "He's tough to stop when driving to the net from either wing -- a defenseman's nightmare in one-on-one situations when at top speed. He handles the puck well in traffic, makes good decisions in those situations. [He] has a high overall skill level and moves well for a big guy, smooth hands, good playmaker."

Schedule: Dec. 26, Slovakia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, United States, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 29, Germany, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, Canada, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).

Outlook: Edmonton Oilers prospect Nail Yakupov has a strong supporting cast around him with Mikhail Grigorenko (Buffalo Sabres), Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Alexander Khokhlachev (Boston Bruins). Offensive-defenseman Nikita Nesterov and goalie Andrei Vasilevski, highly regarded prospects of the Lightning, should play vital roles for the host country. Russia also has goalie Andrei Makarov (Buffalo Sabres) returning between the pipes. The star-studded lineup on home ice makes Russia the odds-on favorite to finish first in Group B.

"Russia is always strong and this year's team is as strong as the gold medal-winning group two years ago," Stubb said. "The goaltending is better now."


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Coach: Phil Housley

Team Roster
#Player NamePos.NHL Rights
16Riley BarberForwardWashington Capitals
18Cole BardreauForwardFree Agent
22Tyler BiggsForwardToronto Maple Leafs
15Alex GalchenyukForwardMontreal Canadiens
13John GaudreauForwardCalgary Flames
35John GibsonGoalieAnaheim Ducks
30Jon GilliesGoalieCalgary Flames
14Shayne GostisbehereDefensePhiladelphia Flyers
23Rocco GrimaldiForwardFlorida Panthers
21Ryan HartmanForward2013 Draft Eligible
3Seth JonesDefense2013 Draft Eligible
7Sean KuralyForwardSan Jose Sharks
12Mario LuciaForwardMinnesota Wild
19Jake McCabeDefenseBuffalo Sabres
10J.T. MillerForwardNew York Rangers
5Connor MurphyDefensePhoenix Coyotes
20Blake PietilaForwardNew Jersey Devils
6Mike ReillyDefenseColumbus Blue Jackets
29Garrett SparksGoalieToronto Maple Leafs
25Vince TrocheckForwardFlorida Panthers
8Jacob TroubaDefenseWinnipeg Jets
26Jim VeseyForwardNashville Predators


Last year: The U.S. team is coming off a seventh-place finish, its worst showing since finishing eighth in 1999. An 11-3 victory over Denmark in its opening game was followed by losses to Finland (4-1), Czech Republic (5-2) and Canada (3-2). The Americans needed a 12-2 victory over Latvia in their opener of the relegation round in order to secure a position in the top division of this year's tournament.

2013 NHL Draft watch: There are two promising 2013 draft prospects on the roster: defenseman Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks in the WHL and forward Ryan Hartman of the Plymouth Whalers in the OHL. Jones likely would have been a member of last year's team if not for a shoulder injury he sustained in the last exhibition game. The son of former NBA player Popeye Jones is rated No. 1 among WHL skaters in NHL Central Scouting's preliminary league rankings. Over the summer, Jones (6-foot-3.5, 208 pounds) served as captain for the U.S. team at the World Under-18 Championship, totaling eight points in six games as the United States won the gold medal. Hartman is No. 11 among skaters in the OHL. The versatile 5-11, 187-pound forward made a big impression on the U.S. managerial team at training camp.

Schedule: Dec. 27, Germany, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 28, Russia, 9 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 30, Canada, 4:30 a.m. ET (NHLN-US); Dec. 31, Slovakia, 5 a.m. ET (NHLN-US).

Outlook: The only time last year's finish was even discussed during training camp was when the media inquired about it. The biggest difference in this year's group is the enthusiasm and energy each player is willing to exert every practice and each shift. The three returnees -- defenseman Jacob Trouba, forward J.T. Miller and goaltender John Gibson -- are ready to lead by example. Expect the Americans to rebound in a big way and earn a second-place finish in Group B.



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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:57 AM

Can't freaking wait to watch this game! :gap: :woot: :shock1:
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:05 PM

Yes, bears do eat eagles. In the first clash of bona fide gold medal contenders at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U20 World Championship, Russia edged the USA 2-1 on Friday night at Ufa Arena.

The winner came at 4:09 of the third period when 17-year-old forward Valeri Nichushkin took the puck end-to-end and Vladimir Tkachyov banged in a loose puck sitting in the crease.

Compared to previous tournament games, the speed and intensity were cranked up a notch, and it was evident that both teams were determined to deliver a passionate but generally clean game.

Albert Yarullin also scored for the Russians, and Jacob Trouba replied for the United States.

"Both teams played pretty well, competed hard, and got good goaltending," said Trouba. "We just came up a little short."

Russia’s five points leave it in second place in Group B behind Canada, while the Americans are third with three points.


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There until the end. Sucks taking the loss, but they didn't get blown out of the building, either.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 07:58 PM

So many opportunities they didn't bury, like the puck sitting in the crease and no one being able to put it in on that one play. Makarov was pretty crazy. Really thought we played the better game but Makarov was the difference. Also, a bit undisciplined in the first period and when Russia was undisciplined in the third stuff wasn't getting called. You could also tell the U.S. had tired legs in the second half of the third period, and Russia looked fresh still, perhaps because of the Russia scheduling advantage.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:34 PM

They gotta get in shape fast, then. They have one more set of back-to-backs in this tournament.
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Posted 28 December 2012 - 09:59 PM

They gotta get in shape fast, then. They have one more set of back-to-backs in this tournament.

Not sure if you watched the game or not but I thought you might be interested that Blake Pietila stood out to me today again, he was a surprise to make the team but definitely deserved the spot after pre-comp and I've been impressed with him all four games I've watched now.
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Posted 29 December 2012 - 01:33 PM

Cool. Thanks for filling me in.
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