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USA - Slovakia (spoiler)

Postby Draftnik on Sat Dec 30, 2006 1:03 pm

Pat Kane is ridiculous. He is the definition of stickhandling in a phone booth. Unfortunately there is no way he slides to the Pens. At least we have one guy that cares.
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Re: USA - Slovakia (spoiler)

Postby The Snapshot on Sat Dec 30, 2006 7:41 pm

Draftnik wrote:Pat Kane is ridiculous. He is the definition of stickhandling in a phone booth. Unfortunately there is no way he slides to the Pens. At least we have one guy that cares.


He is pretty sick. That second goal was really sweet. So tight on goalie yet he roofs it.

They played much better today, but they'll have a tall order to beat Sweden. If they want it, they can do it. The question on this team is their heart and team play.
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Re: USA - Slovakia (spoiler)

Postby Draftnik on Sat Dec 30, 2006 11:45 pm

The Snapshot wrote:
Draftnik wrote:Pat Kane is ridiculous. He is the definition of stickhandling in a phone booth. Unfortunately there is no way he slides to the Pens. At least we have one guy that cares.


He is pretty sick. That second goal was really sweet. So tight on goalie yet he roofs it.

They played much better today, but they'll have a tall order to beat Sweden. If they want it, they can do it. The question on this team is their heart and team play.


Do you get The Hockey News? Skille badmouthed last years team, more or less calling out Kessel by claiming it was a selfish team with selfish agendas. Then he, JJ, and some of the other 19 year olds come out and play so poorly this year. We couldn't capitalize on the PP chances vs. Germany and came out with no fire at all vs. Canada. Sweden is only playing for seeding so maybe they will let down. Our defensive corps is very overrated. Kane, Okposo, and Mueller have been the only consistent Fs IMO.

I guess it really takes a guy like Herb Brooks to get American hockey players to want to play hard for their country. Our kids don't have the same passion for international hockey as the Canadians.

From a Penguin perspective I'm glad Shero didn't trade Staal for JJ. Stupid and careless are the main words to describe his play.
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Postby Stoosh on Sun Dec 31, 2006 2:21 am

Draftnik,

Someone put it best in one of the other WJC posts - maybe the USA-Canada game post. For most if not all of the Canadian kids, making the WJC team is the highlight of their junior careers. For some, it might even trump getting drafted by an NHL team. The Canadian kids' play like their only mission in this tournament is to win a gold medal.

The US kids don't foster anything close to the sense of nationalistic pride that the Canadians do (although this sentiment isn't just limited to US junior hockey players when it comes to the USA approach during international competitions). The US kids play like they approach this as a way to enhance their draft status or to gain leverage during contract negotiations with their NHL rightholder. How many years now have we heard stories of player infighting, parents of kids spouting off to the media, or internal complaints within USA Hockey itself about the way the team is being handled?

Most Canadian junior hockey players would kill someone to get a roster spot on their WJC team. Most US players play like it's just something they have to do.
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Postby The Snapshot on Tue Jan 02, 2007 12:35 am

Stoosh wrote:Draftnik,

Someone put it best in one of the other WJC posts - maybe the USA-Canada game post. For most if not all of the Canadian kids, making the WJC team is the highlight of their junior careers. For some, it might even trump getting drafted by an NHL team. The Canadian kids' play like their only mission in this tournament is to win a gold medal.

The US kids don't foster anything close to the sense of nationalistic pride that the Canadians do (although this sentiment isn't just limited to US junior hockey players when it comes to the USA approach during international competitions). The US kids play like they approach this as a way to enhance their draft status or to gain leverage during contract negotiations with their NHL rightholder. How many years now have we heard stories of player infighting, parents of kids spouting off to the media, or internal complaints within USA Hockey itself about the way the team is being handled?

Most Canadian junior hockey players would kill someone to get a roster spot on their WJC team. Most US players play like it's just something they have to do.


I think that the guys seem to treat almost as an All-star tournament, rather than an important international tournament. It may be a mistake taking 13 kids that are already 1st or 2nd rounders. They have little to prove and the national significance within the US is almost non-existent.

Heck, more than half of the fans of the NHL in the US have no idea the tournament is even going on.
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