GROUP B: RUSSIA
Last year’s finish: Silver medal, lost 1-0 in overtime to Sweden in gold-medal game
Last year’s round-robin record: 3-0-1-0, 11 GF/11 GA
The host of world junior championship are coming off a pretty good stretch.
Think about it — Russia has either tied or won three latest Subway Super Series. They won the gold in 2011 and were runners-up the year after. And they got a bonus of Nail Yakupov — first overall pick by the Edmonton Oilers this past summer — in the line-up with a big C on his chest.
What do they got in store for us this season, though? What is Team Russia besides Yakupov?
Well, a lot of things, really.
Take their goaltending for instance. This year according to the IIHF rules you can have three goalies on your team and Russia used it to call up Andrei Makarov, Igor Ustinski and Andrei Vasilevski. Both Andreis are returnees from last year’s world junior in Calgary and Edmonton, Alberta. You must have seen them both being spectacular even if your experience with Team Russia at that tournament was limited to a semifinal Canada-Russia match-up.Read More »from World junior championship: Team Russia — it’s all in the management