VeloCity wrote:Yep, congrats to the Russians. And when Semin is motivated and allowed to play his game, he's one of the best in the world. The Caps imo made a big mistake in trying to reign in Ovechkin and Semin - they were drafted for their scoring ability, don't try and turn them into Selke players.
And Semin on the wing with Datsyuk at center...wow. Wouldn't be in the least bit surprised if Semin signs with Detroit as soon as free agency kicks in.
And when did Norway turn into a mini-powerhouse? They almost matched Sweden, the Czechs, and Russia, and absolutely steamrolled Germany.
I'd rather see Datsyuk go to Washington
What a team that would be. Semin's (and when I say Semin this basically means Semin and Ovechkin from here on) biggest problem on defense seems to be stupid giveaways at the wrong time, so by forcing them to play more defensive style, if anything he will be making more mistakes, because he's forced to play out of his element. Bilyaletdinov understands that, so he put them on a line with a center who's naturally gifted in a defensive aspect of the game, so all three can basically play their game. Hopefully Washington coaches will get it too.
Anyway, Evgeny Kuznetsov should be joining the team for next season, as when drafted he asked for two more years in the K, before moving to NHL, which have now passed. With him on the squad, I'm hoping Washington will go back to more run-and-gun offense, which if nothing else, is at least exciting to watch.
As for Norway, this might have been a total shock for some people, but for those who follow European hockey leagues, this was not such a shock, Norway has slowly been building up quite a nice team there. Thorensen has been an absolute monster in the KHL the last 3 years, Skroder is a former Swedish league scoring champ. Their goaltending is rather solid, with Haugen a sure started in the KHL next year.