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Even beyond their top line they have some damn good players, albeit in differing spots in their careers... but Demitra, Meszaros, Satan, Handzus, Visnovsky, Halak, Budaj... all solid players.

Also, Palffy was a stud in the NHL... if he still has that offensive ability, this could be a solid squad... I think they got a better offense than the US roster, tho the US has better goaltending/defense for sure..

Palffy was ALWAYS productive in the NHL. I'm not exactly sure if it's his name, the European-ness, or the crappy teams he played for, but as a pure one-dimensional goal scorer, he was a Top 20, if not Top 10 talent at times.

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i was thinking the same thing. If they had a team from both Czech Republic and Slovakia, it'll be a really good team.

Goal:

Vokoun (Cze)

Budaj (Slo)

Halak (Slo)

D:

Kaberle (Cze)

Zdlicky (Cze)

Spacek (Cze)

Smid (Cze)

Chara (Slo)

Meszaros (Slo)

Visnovsky (Slo)

Forwards:

Jagr (Cze)

Elias (Cze)

Plakanec (Cze)

Prospal (Cze)

Hejduk (Cze)

Krejci (Cze)

Erat (Cze)

Hudler (Cze)

Michalek (Cze)

Gaborik (Slo)

Hossa (Slo)

Handzus (Slo)

Demitra (Slo)

Slovakia is kinda like Russia, in that they always look sweet on paper, until you see it on the ice and realize either (a) their goaltending sucks; or (b) They have a bunch of offensive minded defensemen that have no real concept of playing team defense together. That said, the emergence of Chara is a huge asset for them, but unless your team is just so loaded (2002 Canadian) that it doesn't matter, it seems like some of the teams with less percieved "talent" (1998 Czech; 2002 Belarus) do better b/c they have guys in roles they are used to. IIRC, that was a big help to the 2002 Canadian team too, b/c they had guys like Draper on there that made it because of their value in situational hockey.

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If Kopecky were Canadian, he wouldn't make the 9th string line-up.

Do you try to be this stupid or does it just come to you naturally?

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People here are surprised as well(Kopecky), but it's still better than Ladislav Nagy.......... Tatar could travel with the team though.

Palffy-Stumpel-Zednik--Visnovsky-Strbak

Hossa-Demitra-Gaborik--Chara-Meszaros

Satan-Handzus-Bartecko--Lintner-Sekera

Svatos-Kopecky-Hossa--Valabik

Halak-Budaj-Stana

Edited by #18 the _Hoss_

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besides Chara and Visnovsky, that defense looks a little iffy

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Slovakia is kinda like Russia, in that they always look sweet on paper, until you see it on the ice and realize either (a) their goaltending sucks; or (b) They have a bunch of offensive minded defensemen that have no real concept of playing team defense together. That said, the emergence of Chara is a huge asset for them, but unless your team is just so loaded (2002 Canadian) that it doesn't matter, it seems like some of the teams with less percieved "talent" (1998 Czech; 2002 Belarus) do better b/c they have guys in roles they are used to. IIRC, that was a big help to the 2002 Canadian team too, b/c they had guys like Draper on there that made it because of their value in situational hockey.

Well maybe that's true but if both Halak and Budaj get in shape, they might steal some important games. Especially Halak showed that last 4 games (not the last one against Sens). I'm much more satisfied with goaltending now, than with Lasak & Stana in 2002, when we won World Championship in Sweden.

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How irritating that almost every country involved has released their roster to the public. But for some reason team U.S.A. hasn't officially announced the team yet. Sorta ticking me off. Cause it looks like for the first time in a looonng time, team U.S.A. Will be fairly stacked.

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Getting kinda ridiculous at this point...does Hossa refuse to travel without his *****? There's no plausible explanation for Kopecky playing in the NHL, much less in the Olympics.

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How irritating that almost every country involved has released their roster to the public. But for some reason team U.S.A. hasn't officially announced the team yet. Sorta ticking me off. Cause it looks like for the first time in a looonng time, team U.S.A. Will be fairly stacked.

the roster will be announced on new years day during the winter classic

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