Alex Nylander, Team Canada (again), Czarnik and Zykov

Pat Quinn

2017-12-21

 

 

Welcome back to me writing things on the computer called ramblings. Last week I was complimented for posting some ska, so I will post some more. Listen to this as you read and it will make the read better (I’ll dedicate this song to Ethan since he said he loves SKA so much being from Orange County).

 

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Huge news at the World Junior Championship as the Buffalo Sabres have loaned Alex Nylander to Team Sweden for the tournament.

 

{source}<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Buffalo Sabres today announced the organization has assigned forward Alexander Nylander to the Swedish men's national junior ice hockey team for the 2018 IIHF World Junior Championship. <a href="https://t.co/IhX7mcAW45">https://t.co/IhX7mcAW45</a></p>&mdash; Sabres PR (@SabresPR) <a href="https://twitter.com/SabresPR/status/943672715101327360?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">December 21, 2017</a></blockquote>{/source}

 

Hopefully the move boosts Nylander’s confidence as he has not looked the same this year since returning from injury. The top prospect currently has only six points and 19 shots in 15 games so far for the Rochester Americans, and two games were multi-point games giving him points in just four of the 15 games. But to be fair everything Buffalo Sabres this year appears to be awful so these numbers could be misleading to his play, but from what I have seen (once) and read he has not been as great as last season.

 

Heading into the tournament Nylander will now be the go-to forward for Sweden and could be split from Elias Pettersson (whose name I always spell incorrectly) to make their shallow group of forwards more dangerous.

 

In my opinion Sweden does not have the same up-front power as Canada, USA, Finland, and Russia. The Swede’s power lies in having the best defense core in the tournament and will be a treat to watch.

 

Going back to Rochester for a second, I stay baffled at how Seth Griffith does not get a full-time NHL roster spot. All he does is light up the AHL when he is down there, and when he comes up he gets stuck on the third or fourth line and expected to produce with plugs. Get him some power play time and a top six spot for a small period to let him show what he can do.

 

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Alright now I have to talk about Team Canada again. I know all DobberProspects writers have gone over them so go here and check out any old ramblings posts!

 

Here are the latest Team Canada lines (taken from exhibition game against the Czech Republic 12/20/2017 – Dube was a scratch):

 

Steenbergen-Steel-Kyrou

Katchouk-Thomas-Raddysh

Gadjovich-McLeod-Batherson

Comtois-Howden-Formenton

 

Clague-Makar

Mete-Timmins

Bean-Foote

Mahura

 

Looking at these lines I completely fail to see how a line of Tippett-Glass-Suzuki could not be seen to make this team better. I would honestly put that line up against the Steel line as being Canada’s top line. Which would you prefer, feel free to comment below. For the record I prefer the Glass line.

 

Which three would I remove to add the trio of Tippett-Glass-Suzuki? Well that would be Gadjovich, Comtois and honestly Taylor Raddysh (I have rarely been impressed).

 

I just do not see how this team can be the run-away favorites of the tournament like in years past. Will they be a top team? Yes. Are they the favorites? I would say this tournament does not have a favorite, but if I had to list them there is an argument to put Canada as low as fifth on the list but also still first.

 

Perhaps I am just being an upset Canadian armchair GM thinking I can make a better team (I can though).

 

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