2014 WJC Preview: Skilled top line expected to carry Slovakia

by Chapin Landvogt
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Martin Reway - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Gatineau Olympiques forward and Montreal Canadiens prospect Martin Reway will no doubt be a main offensive cog for Slovakia at the 2014 WJC as he is currently scoring at a better than point-per-game pace for the Olympiques this season (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Slovakia had a bit of a rollercoaster ride at the 2013 WJC in Ufa. After a near miss, 3-2 loss to host Russia in the opener, the Slovaks managed to drive Canada crazy with 2-0 and 3-1 leads heading towards the midway mark of the game before ultimately succumbing, 6-3. The team then had more trouble with Germany than it probably should have, tying the game late and winning 2-1 in overtime. This was followed by a 9-3 trouncing at the hands of the USA. The team then won a hard-fought victory over Latvia 5-3 to avoid relegation before getting blown away 11-4 by Finland in a game that had no bearing on the standings for either team.

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Video: 2013 Ivan Hlinka – Adrian Holesinsky, Slovakia

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Adrian Holesinsky - Slovakia

Photo: Slovakian forward Adrian Holesinsky spent the 2012-13 season playing in Sweden for Vasteras (courtesy of Jakub Homola)

 

One of the host countries for the 2013 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament, Slovakia, has had a difficult time at this year's tourney. The team failed to win any of their four games, with the most recent loss being an 11-0 drubbing at the hands of Sweden in the seventh place match.

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Russia/KHL 2013 draft review

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Valeri Nichushkin - Dallas Stars

Photo: Dallas Stars prospect Valeri Nichushkin was the first Russian player chosen at the 2013 NHL Draft, going 10th overall to the Stars (courtesy of Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images)

 

The number of players drafted out of the KHL at the 2013 NHL Draft wasn’t large, but confirmations and surprises were there as always in each NHL Draft. The scarce number of players coming out of the top Russian league is due not only to the infamous “Russian Factor”, but also to the fact that many junior players are now playing in the CHL, something that wasn’t happening as often until recent years.

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2013 U18 WJC Playoffs: Canada, Russia could renew gold medal rivalry

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Vladimir Tkachev - Russia

Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)

The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.

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2013 U18 WJC Preview: Avoiding relegation is Slovakia’s main goal

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Martin Reway - Gatineau Olympiques

Photo: Slovakia will be short on offensive firepower for the U18 WJC, and may be even more so if Gatineau Olypiques forward Martin Reway is not able to participate (courtesy of Richard Wolowicz/Getty Images)

Coach Ernest Bokros has been double-shifting this winter as the U20 and U18 Slovakia national team coach, but he’ll only be bringing one player to the upcoming U18 who was also with him at the WJC, namely forward Martin Reway. And that’s only if Reway is healthy enough to go. What he’ll also be bringing along with him are three of the five oldest players at the tournament as well as the tournament’s youngest participant.

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