Imaginary NHL Olympics 2022: Projecting Switzerland’s roster
The imaginary NHL Olympic roster projections for 2022 come to a detailed, for actual this time. Crew Switzerland rounds out the eight nations comprising the highest of the present IIHF males’s rankings. My different lineup projections:
Olympic Athletes from Russia
The Swiss roster doesn’t completely dazzle, however it’s compromised principally of gamers with NHL expertise, can ice a lethal first line and, factoring in all-world defenseman Roman Josi, can put collectively an thrilling high power-play unit. Image one thing like Meier-Hischier-Fiala-Josi-Niederreiter. Not unhealthy in any respect. If this group bought adequate goaltending and developed robust line chemistry, it could possibly be a fringe medal menace. Ages as of Feb. 4, 2022.
FORWARD LINE 1: Timo Meier (25), Nico Hischier (23), Kevin Fiala (25)
A legitimately harmful first line. Meier likes to shoot, Fiala has now absolutely realized his potential as a higher-end scorer on the NHL stage, and Hischier serves because the playmaker with a mixture of two-way IQ that needs to be extra mature in two years.
FORWARD LINE 2: Sven Baertschi (29), Pius Suter (25), Nino Niederreiter (29)
Baertschi and Suter are offense-minded guys, whereas Niederreiter blends scoring with some measurement and jam on the forecheck.
FORWARD LINE 3: Gregory Hofmann (29), Gaetan Haas (30), Sven Andrighetto (29)
This could possibly be a sneaky-effective line. All three forwards have good pace. Haas and Andrighetto deliver two-way acumen, and Hofmann has pure scoring contact.
FORWARD LINE 4: Simon Moser (32), Calvin Thurkauf (24), Denis Malgin (25)
Why bury the established NHLer Malgin on the fourth line? His 200-foot-game and board play simply work higher on this unit, which incorporates the massive, hardworking Moser and the bodily Thurkauf.
SPARE FORWARDS, Philipp Kurashev (22), Tristan Scherwey (30)
Expert scorer Kurashev has already impressed on the world juniors and World Championship, to not point out main junior, and could possibly be Olympic-ready after a pair seasons within the AHL. It was painful to chop the skilled Andres Ambuhl, however he’ll be 38 in the course of the 2022 video games, so I went with one other speedy however a lot youthful ahead in Scherwey, who additionally provides some grit.
Last cuts: Andres Ambuhl, Noah Rod, Joel Vermin, Denis Hollenstein, Simon Bodenmann, Alessio Bertaggia, Vincent Praplan
DEFENSE PAIR 1: Roman Josi (31), Luca Sbisa (32)
Josi is, far and away, the group’s featured participant. A heavy-hitting blueliner with NHL expertise is sensible to pair with Josi given he’s a rover who features like a fourth ahead a lot of the time.
DEFENSE PAIR 2; Jonas Siegenthaler (24), Yannick Weber (33)
Siegenthaler’s smooth-skating, pass-first recreation ought to mix effectively with the righty Weber’s huge shot. Neither performs an excessively sophisticated type. Not a flashy pair, however they need to restrict the errors, too.
DEFENSE PAIR 3: Mirco Muller (26), Raphael Diaz (36)
Muller hasn’t reached the ceiling his prospect pedigree promised, however he’s completely succesful as an enormous, cell bottom-pair man right here. Diaz is clearly lengthy within the tooth however captained the Swiss on the 2018 Olympics, so I’ve him nonetheless making the group for his management and expertise.
SPARE DEFENSEMEN: Dean Kukan (28), Ramon Untersander (31)
Kukan can fill in as a meat-and-potatoes man, whereas Untersander has extra offense to his recreation and shoots from the suitable facet.
Last cuts: Yannick Rathgeb, Michael Fora, Tobias Geisser, Dominik Egli
STARTING GOALTENDER: Reto Berra (35)
Berra has represented the Swiss at seven world championships, so he’s earned a crack on the No. 1 job in best-on-best play.
BACKUP GOALTENDERS: Gilles Senn (25), Leonardo Genoni (34)
I strongly thought-about Senn for the beginning gig, however he hasn’t been dominant sufficient at any stage. Genoni has been named the NLA’s finest goalie 4 occasions and has nice profession numbers on the worlds, too.
Last cuts: Gauthier Descloux, Tobias Stephan, Joren van Pottelberghe
ROSTER AT A GLANCE
Spares: Kurashev, Scherwey
Spares: Kukan, Untersander
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