Wednesday, December 30, 2009

V2010: Germany

It's been announced today that the Germans will invade North America next month with this roster. There are plenty of WWII barbs to be made but I will refrain and keep it to pucks.

There are a few NHLers on the roster and just one in the most important position: goal. With Olaf Kolzig's retirement, there are no NHL-level starting netminders to backstop the German side but Thomas Greiss, the backup to Evgeni Nabokov in San Jose, will be called upon to take the mantle. Greiss had good showings his last two Sharks games and is still learning the ropes but he should be able to keep the Germans competitive. His old buddy from their AHL days Dimitri P├Ątzold is currently playing in the DEL and should back him up.

Outside of the German crease there is some NHL players but not too many. Marcel Goc plays with Nashville nowadays and has been red hot of late. He has 10 points in his last seven games and should be a nice complement to Boston's Marco Sturm. Shockingly (to me at least) Buffalo's Jochen Hecht was left off the roster - leaving Sturm and Goc as the only NHL forwards. On defense Christoph Schubert was left off but there will at least be Christian Ehrhoff and Dennis Seidenberg to help Greiss out. Goc's Nashville teammate Alexander Sulzer is also on the German blueline but despite watching six Predator games this season, I have no idea who he is. So that says something I believe.

Greiss will have to be on his toes as the Germans will have a tough road out of the opening round. They open with Sweden on February 17th, face the Finns on the 19th and end up against Belarus on the 20th. Two almost certain losses and what should be a tough battle against the Kostitsyns that I feel the Germans will lose. Like WWII. Haha.


Anonymous said...

Doesn't Finland deserve one of these posts? Youre breaking my heart man :(

Scotty Hockey said...

They do, patience pays off ...