Possibly a national ice hockey coach who could use full world class attackers such as Leon Dreitel, Tim Stutzl and Dominic Kahun and then puts Philipp Grubauer behind the goal. Damn the national coach who can’t do this?
Tony Soderholm doesn’t see it that way, it shouldn’t be seen that way. He can’t back down from his top strikers and one of the best goalkeepers in the world at the World Cup starting Friday in Latvia, as they play in the National Hockey League (NHL) play-offs.
On Saturday, shortly before the flight to Riga, the national coach said a little defensively after the training camp in Nuremberg: “We have a very, very strong team. There is a high level of unity and a good team spirit. We have We have got young players and leaders.”
In fact, the German team is well-functioning, which is also due to the fact that the young Moritz Seder (most recently active in Sweden), who is probably the tournament’s strongest defender in his age group, is at the start, and Corbinian Holzer, a veteran in the NHL, is also a veteran with it.
In the attack, the Dreistel, Kahun and Stutzl gate are few options for the Germans without grenades. The first series of storms has begun from the new German champion Eisbahn Berlin. Marcel Knoebles, Lucas Reichl and Leo Fodrel could form a row behind Nicolas Kramer, Tobias Rieder and Tom Kuhnhackel. The three born in Landshut know each other from their offspring, but their shape curves are a bit shaky.
While Kramer has played solidly at Mannheim recently, Tobias Reeder, the only NHL regular on the German World Cup team, has “a diverse Buffalo season”, as Soderholm puts it. And the ice hockey world hasn’t cheered since Kuhnhackel moved from the NHL to the second-tier AHL. “But he scored in Riga in 2017 that brought Germany to the Olympics,” says Soderholm. Perhaps Kuhnhakal will then bloom in the place of his victory.
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And then the team can at least still hope that Nico Sturm, probably the fourth best German striker in the NHL this season, will quickly finish in the play-offs with the Minnesota Wild and then quickly fly to Riga. , because there is still a vacancy in the squad.
Program in front of empty stand
At the start against Italy on Friday, the Germans will have to play with the players they have. They cannot begin their training in the Latvian capital until Tuesday, before the team is separated for three days upon arrival.
The Germans certainly aren’t the only team not competing with the best possible team in the pandemic World Cup, with playing the event in front of empty stands is a matter of debate. National coach Soderholm is also not expecting any kind of sporting performance. “We put on our work gloves when we go to the games,” says Finn.
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