Olympic Predictions!

Turin is only a couple weeks away, and I’ve got some predictions that many of you will believe is crazy, so I figure, I’ll do what I did in the playoffs and make my predictions, and prove you all wrong, while I didn’t play the HTR playoff game thing, if I remember correctly the only series I called wrong was Philly-Tampa, and I believed Philly would beat Tampa and win the cup. One series off, eh not bad…Any ways, I have my predictions here.

1. Russia – Gold Medal

-The Russian team bosts two very solid goalies in Evgeni Nabokov and Nikolai Khabibulen, and possibley the two best players in the world (and two of my favorites) Ilya Kovalchuck, and Alex Ovechkin. Expect them to win the gold, they have good goaltending, and amazing speed and skill needed for the big ice, not to mention Ovechkin and Malin can throw people around to give them a gritty advantage. I think they could use Zubov, Mogilny, and Fedorov though.

2. The Czech Republic -Silver Medal

-The Czech republic boasts several constant 30 goal scorers, Hedjuk, Jagr, Lang, Straka, Prospal, one of the best offensive defenseman in the NHL, Tomas Kaberle, and two of the NHLs top goalies Domonik Hasek and Tomas Vokoun, expect the last game to be tight, it could go either way, because Czech has better goaltending, and Russia has better scoring.

3. Sweden -Bronze Medal

-This team is offensively loaded, with Forsberg, Naslund, Alfredson, the Sedins, and captain Mats Sundin. Expect them to throw the pucks past other opponents easily. With a great starter in Henrik Lundqvist, and a very solid backup in Mikael Tellqvist, they certainly will not have any problem medalling.

4. Finland

This team has an amazing goalie (Miika Kiprusoff) and a team full of speedy guys good for the big ice surface. Led by Koivu, Lehtinen and Selanne, they play a great two way game, with some good youth and great experience. They proved alot of people wrong when they came in second at the world cup of hockey.

5. Canada

-Gagne’s really gotta prove he can score without Forsberg, he was a solid player before Forsberg, but it still puzzled me as to why he kept making the best on best teams untill then. Kris Draper, a minus player with three goals… WHAT IS HE DOING ON THE TEAM??? Shane Doan, Martin St Lous, Brad Richards, get them all away. Brodeur, Luongo and Turco have all been very inconsistant this year, and so have Iginla, Bertuzzi, and Blake. Not to mention their defense core is dropping like flies…. Staal and Spezza not making the team is embarassing…

6. Slovakia

They got good offense. Demitra, Gaborik, Hossa, Svatos, the only problem is that they’ll lose games 10-9, because they have nothing on the blue line aside from Chara, and their only NHL goalie is Peter Budaj

7. USA

This team is sad. Why no Miller, Roenick, Leetch, or Amonte? Why did some of these guys make it??? You don’t use a best on best to give players experience, that’s what the World Championships is for. Don’t be surprised to see them shock and finish ahead of Canada and Slovakia.

Nothing beyond this point is really worth discussing…

-L


81 Responses to Olympic Predictions!

  1. bailerson says:

    Draper or Foote were there best players in the last olympics

  2. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    I’m sorry to all of you, I forgot that Kipper wasn’t playing. And on Khabibulens part, I haven’t heard he’s not playing, he’s listed as playing at http://www.nhl.com, and Nabokov is the better goalie anyways.

    Finlands still got some awesome goalies though.

  3. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Draper and Foote weren’t on the 2002 Olympic team!

    They were on the World Cup team, Foote was the best defenseman, but oy, Draper was over rated. I would’ve taken the performance of Lemieux, Iginla, Sakic, St Louis, Richards, or Lecavalier over him. Thornton too.

  4. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Note, I’m not the only one having Canada not winning. Sports Illustrated ranked Canada number 2 behind the Czechs.

    Listen guys, if it were the best 23 players from each country, Canada wins for sure, but this is NOT the best team, and I can’t see them repeating.

  5. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    If team Canada named three teams all based on skill, they’d prolly come in the top three, all of them. But Draper and Doan wouldn’t be on any of the teams!

  6. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    no put gagne with thornton and hes more then fine hell look what Joe did with CheeChoo i cant even imagine what he’ll do with Gagne

  7. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    yeah……..Nittymaki and Toivenen (who might now even play due to injury) riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight theyll REALLY get their team to a medal

  8. darthjudd says:

    I’ve been a fan of hockeytraderumors.com since the begining of august when players could begin signing with teams and I check the website almost everyday. Everyone is the hockey world is entitled to their own opinion and i repect that, but if you are gonna post something about the Olympics at the very least do your homework. First of all not one player on team Canada doesnt deserve to be there. All you have to do for guys like Gagne is just take a look at 2002 and 2004 World Cup in order to decide if he can play without Forsberg and besides Peter the Great has been injury prone this year and Gagne is doing fine without him. To even question Team Canada’s goaltending is completly uncalled for. Any team in the tournament would love to have a Brodeur, Luongo or a Turco. Hasek is playing well on a great team in Ottawa, and Kipper is resting so he can make another deep run into the playoffs with the Flames.

    I dont really understand how you can sit there and possibly think that Canada could finish 5th. THat is the worst prediction list i have ever seen. Having a injury ridden Finland team before Canada is ridiculous. Saying that Ovechkin can throw people around is a little bit of a exageration, he’s a good hitter and picks his spots to hit, but 2 years ago in the World Juniors he was crying on the bench and couldnt complete the game because of Canada’s “gritty advantage.” I could see if you thought that Canada may lose in the final or maybe in the semi’s, but 5th come on? they are clearly on paper the best team by far.

    My Predictions: Gold, Canada. Silver, Sweden, Bronze Russia, 4th Czech, 5th Slovaks, 6th Finland

    there you go, i just hope that you arent a Canadian cause if you are then you should move to Moscow and change your name to Boris

  9. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    If you look, I placed them at fourth. And Toivonen and Nittymaki are both amazing young goalies. The Leafs have hammered the Bruins a couple times this year, but I don’t believe they’ve ever scored more then one goal against Toivonen.

  10. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Brodeur’s the only goalie I’m not incredibley worried about. Turco has been VERY streaky over the years, and Luongo… well… Idunno everyone seemed to like what he did in the world cup, but if I remember correctly he let in some soft goals.

    If Canada wins, then it’ll be Brodeur’s win. But the way they’re going, they’ll have two of Boyle, Phaneuf, Hannan, or Bouwmeester on the team.

    Why not Desjardins???

  11. LeafyMcLeaf says:

    Then I guess you didn’t watch the World Championships, Gagne-Thornton-Nash was the best line I’ve ever seen, but I’ve heard that Thornton will be played with Doan and Draper, I don’t like that idea. Canada moves up in the standings if Gagne, Nash, and Thornton play together, but they’re saying that they wanna keep the DDT line together.

  12. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    russia’s goaltending is terrible. look at khabibulin on chicago what has he lead them to? what has nabokov led san jose to? ok sweden has who for defence. finland doesnt have kipprusoff or lehtonen do you follow hockey?

    CANADA 5th what is wrong with you. gagne can score he will likely be with joe thornton he will set him up. Draper is on the team to kill penalties and be a checking forward. CANADA DOESNT NEED ALL SCORING FORWARDS THEY NEED CHECKERS ASWELL. Shane doan is a checker and st louis and richards are proven scorers.

    Brodeur, Luongo and Turco have all been very inconsistant this year. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAH so how many points does dallas have? luongo has led florida to respectability and brodeur has been off since new jersey has lost its defence. but with canadas defence he will do fine. Sorry but for not picking staal and spezza its cause there young and in experienced.

  13. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    thats probably because the leafs suck! and have you seen nittys numbers and play? for being in one of the best teams in the league they should be ALOT better not to mention both these goalies a rookies with absolutely no experience

  14. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    o man DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT DEFENSE???????????? there their to kill penalties and check i know as a leafs fan you probably dont know much about the defensive side of hockey but go watch a calgary game and youll see defense > Offense

  15. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    Thornton is obviously going to play with nash with their chemistry together during the lockout and Gagne needs to have a Playmaker with him and Thornton is one of the best!

    where are you hearing these things in your mind? at least put a link or something because i watch sportscenter and Sportsnet all the time and go onto hockey websites everyday and i havent heard a single thing of them putting Thronton with Draper and doan

  16. zdeno_duchesne says:

    lubomir visnovsky

  17. zdeno_duchesne says:

    Leafy.. are you gay?

  18. bleeds_blue_n_white says:

    and I’m sure any of you will agree, no matter how old or young Gretzky is, he would have schooled Hasek, and I’m sure he could do it right now at his age…

    It always made me wonder how anyone could justify not having Gretzky take that shootout. Career Points, Goals, you name it leader of all time at your disposal, and yet…

    Ray Bourque – Defenseman

    Brendan Shanahan – Goal Scorer, but in tight, slot kind of guy, not flashy on breakaways.

    Ahead of Gretzky.

    Never been a Gretzky fan myself, being that we could never get him into Blue and White, however, can not argue that he will always be the greatest and most potent player ever.

  19. 19AVSFANFoLIFE19 says:

    add ovechkin to that list of people who hit. there is someone who can throw is body around and isnt afraid to do it. Phaneuf as well i mean i see him atleast once a week on tsn/the score etc’s. highlight reel.

  20. jpmac says:

    Ok Draper wasn’t on that team but Foote was, also you need to have a grind line to play against the other teams top line

  21. gohabs73 says:

    anyone knows how the tournament works as regards to the playoff rounds? when do Group A teams face Group B teams??

  22. Aetherial says:

    Can we keep the flirting with other members off the board please.

  23. Aetherial says:

    Canada is probably still favored but I don’t think that they are icing the best team they could.

    I think there is some loyalty to the oldguard going on that is not really jusitifiable by their level of play this year.

  24. mojo19 says:

    Well, we don’t know who all the UFA’s are going to be this summer, don’t forget there are going to be buyouts.

  25. captainjoefish says:

    finland don’t care who is in net

  26. gemini_the_drunk says:

    My picks would be…

    Gold – Sweden

    Silver – Canada

    Bronze – USA

    The Canadian team will perfectly fine. They are stacked at every position. So all of these injuries to their D-core should be no problem as someone just as talented can slide right in place.

    Now, the Swedes finally have a solid goalie in Lundy. Even without Naslund they are still extremely talented. They will skate fast, defend very well, and barring any injuries, they will take the gold.

    The USA has a solid team. I think that leaving off Roenick and Amonte was a bold but great move. They will have a little problem scoring goals except for the Tkachuk-Modano-Guerin line if they’re reunited. Guerin’s struggles have not been that bad. He will produce and produce well for the Americans. I just wished they would have added Ryan Miller instead of Grahme. Oh, also, there is no possible way they could have known Tim Thomas could play at the level at which he is currently playing.

  27. Hockey_Fan_99 says:

    why you wanna pick him up?

  28. letsgooilers says:

    Kris Draper is on the team because Gretzky likes to have at least one checker on the team. Just in like 2002 with Joe Niewendyk(sp?) and 2004 with Draper.

    My pics:

    Czech Republic: Gold

    Canada: Silver

    Russia: Bronze

  29. paul_dc10 says:

    canada first if lets bet

  30. paul_dc10 says:

    canada first lets bet

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