The World Juniors is great, but damn the Spengler Cup is a close second.
Nothing beats the atmosphere of December in Davos. The Spengler is old as dirt and really never gets boring since they’re smart by inviting a few new teams yearly and returning the classics. From the crazy fans, hilarious mascots and cow costumed refs, this tournament is made for pure fan enjoyment.
Now getting down to the preview, I really like this year’s Canadian roster.
Up front the team is very deep with NHL experience. Didomenico, Lapierre, Winnik, Emmerton, Ebbett, Boychuk, Mitchell etc. this lineup will be fun to watch. Toss in a classic guy like Dominic Moore, who has a lengthy chel résumé and a couple of NCAA youngsters like Dante Fabbro (BU) and Colt Conrad (WMU) and this Canadian squad will be playing with real pace.
Defensively Canada has a solid core highlighted by Kevin Bieksa (would not recommend fighting him).
Between the pipes they went back to Zach Fucale, a former 2nd round pick who hasn’t really found his way out of the coast, but is still a capable tendy. Jared Coreau could push him for starts, but realistically, Canada should be able to get away with ok goaltending this year.
Things kick off on Boxing Day against the host club HC Davos (NLA). The other team in the Cattini group is Germany’s Thomas Sabo Ice Tigers (DEL).
Group Torriani features Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL), Ocelâri Trinec (CZE) and Kalpa Kuopio (Liiga). Finnish teams generally play a strong defensive game, but Trinec and Magnitogorsk should lead the way out of this group.
1st- Team Canada
2nd- Ocelâri Trinec
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