Team Roster Switzerland WJC

By Joeri Loonen

Switzerland isn’t a candidate for the gold medal but should try to build on the progression they’ve made the past few years. On the roster are 4 drafted players and several players that are 2002 eligible. Expect an update on those players on Hockeysfuture after the tournament.

Three goalies will travel to the Czech Republic. Two of them being 2002 draft eligible
Daniel Manzato 01.17.84 Victoriaville Tigers, QMJHL (2002 Draft Eligible)
Matthias Schöder 07.20.82 GCK Lions, NLB (Schöder was called up to NLA-team ZSC Lions for a short period due to injuries this season)
Tobias Stephan 01.21.84 EHC Chur, NLA (2002 Draft Eligible)

The Swiss defense will have 6 players available that are currently full time NLA-players. 2 of them being drafted already. Also their defense will hold 1 2002 draft eligible player:
René Back 09.08.82 EHC Chur, NLA
Lukas Baumgartner 03.15.84 EHC Kloten, Elite Jr.A (2002 Draft Eligible)
Severin Blindenbacher 03.15.83 EHC Kloten, NLA (Drafted by Phoenix Coyotes)
Jürg Dällenbach 08.03.83, EHC Visp, NLB
Beat Forster 02.02.83, HC Davos, NLA (Drafted by Phoenix Coyotes)
Beat Gerber 05.16.82, SC Langnau, NLA
Lukas Gerber 09.07.82, Fribourg-Gottéron, NLA
Tim Ramholt 11.02.84, ZSC Lions, NLA

Up front the Swiss count on Helfenstein, Sutter, Sannitz and Monnet causing a lot of havoc in the opponents zone. 10 of the 12 selected forwards are full time NLA player this season. Two of them are drafted and 2 others are 2002 draft eligible.
Andres Ambühl 09.14.83, HC Davos, NLA
Deny Bärtschi 04.03.82, EHC Kloten, NLA
Patrick Bärtschi 08.20.84, EHC Kloten, NLA (2002 Draft Eligible)
Andreas Camenzind 02.01.82, HC Davos, NLA
Thomas Déruns 03.01.82, HC La Chaux de Fonds, NLB
Sven Helfenstein 07.30.82, SC Bern, NLA (Drafted by New York Rangers)
Thibaut Monnet 02.02.82, Fribourg-Gottéron, NLA
Thomas Nüssli 03.12.82, EHC Basel/Kleinhüningen, NLB (was called up for 12 games with EV Zug, NLA)
Emanuel Peter 06.09.84, EHC Kloten, NLA (2002 Draft Eligible)
Raeto Raffainer 01.01.82, ZSC Lions, NLA
Raffaele Sannitz 05.18.83, HC Lugano, NLA (Drafted by Columbus)
Fabian Sutter 06.28.82, Started season at SC Bern but was unhappy with ice time he was getting and left to league leaders HC Davos after 14 games.