As a Canuck I am unfortunately required to join our cocky hockey nation in cheering on anything that hits the ice with a maple leaf on it (except for the actual Maple Leafs of course). It's more or less in our constitution to watch all the pre, post, and mid game drivel that TSN throws our way. The World Juniors is our March Madness; the most important sporting event in the world nationally, but no one else really cares about it. Also we're really good at it, which helps. It's mostly because our CHL develops players specifically for this age group (Your NCAA is a great development system, but development peaks at 20 - 21, where they are ineligible).
Nonetheless, with our upcoming re-match, here are my three reasons why we'll school you again. Congrats on demolishing the Czech Republic by the way.
Reason 1: Our absurdly good first line
It's no secret that our first line wouldn't be in Russia if the NHL was in session. Ryan Nuggy-Hops (as he likes to be known) already played a full NHL season last year and actually did quite well. Huberdeau and Strome are both 2011 first round draft picks, selected 3rd and 5th overall (respectively) who would be more than likely playing with the Panthers and Islanders this season and would not have been released to the tournament. Those three players have combined for 10 goals 15 assists. They are more or less unstoppable and have tremendous chemistry. Listen guys, I'm not saying it's fair, I'm just saying they will light you up.
Reason 2: Unbelievable offensive depth
Nathan Mackinnon, projected first overall pick in the 2013 entry draft, is on the fourth line. Part of that is because he one of the bigger players and is good when we need to show some Ruskies who's boss. But still, when you can afford to place the top future prospect on the fourth line, you know you are doing something right. Not to mention Mackinnon is one of only two undrafted players. Offensively we have 11 2011 draftees and two undrafted players, making this one of the oldest teams possible. America has really impressive defense, that is one of their strengths this year. But you can't keep up with this kind of depth. It's not your fault, it's ours.
Reason 3: Malcolm Subban isn't brutal
After a pre-tournament friendly and games against Slovakia and Germany, no one was really confident in Subban. He looked like the weak link and had a sub .900 sv%. But since then he has been a rockstar and I don't think anyone in the country would argue in favour of playing Binnington. Subban showed up Saturday morning for the first test against you lot, and he performed mountains above expectations. He was called upon again in the the Russia - Canada game. If he can keep this form rolling then we will be set to done gold medals in the most nationally over hyped tournament in Canada.
I wish you all a pleasant viewing experience tomorrow. Remember when you lose that it isn't your fault, we are just a better team.