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Buzzed by Paul's idea in Cage, I started to put together some small nations' national team squads. I did in 14 F, 8 D, 3 G format, tried to split the 14 into 5 C + 9 F, but where centers were clearly better than the last few forwards there I went with them. Just to be clear, I only looked at overall (what I try to avoid when building my team tho), so it's rather the best team than the right one :D Any questions, requests, advice and comments are welcome as well :) I also used a bit more colors in the player traits, according to the order of traits in the help files

Let's start with the Gli Azzurri roster here too:

Interesting to see they have a lot of free agents, almost no depth in wingers, and their best goalie is down in the Czech league. 

Ones to watch: Pablo Zambrotta, the 87 ovr center and Samuele Perico, the 84 ovr defender, both with plenty of GHL experience, and Cristian Diego Alves, the recent BHL draftee who can grow into an important player for this team.

As you can see, their D-line is getting old, but they try to compensate it with size and toughness :D

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So, continuing with S11 teams. I won't upload Italy again, as only a few changes: 2-3 old guys retired, but no young superstar or anything else came across. So let's go forward with Team Ukraine( Yellow and Blue). In real life they are the worst in the world rankings of the nationalities in the game. 

But they have 5 defenders playing in GHL, and their D line is in very good age. In offense they have the legendary Kyrylo Voloshin, 800+ GHL regular season and almost 100 playoff match, close to point/match in both categories. Then there's Pavlo Savaryn, who looks like gonna continue Kyrylo's fame, and his best years are still to come. Their offense is quite old tho, but they have good talents on the way. Their only problem could be the goalie depth, if Fedorenko is injured, they will be in massive trouble. But with this brutal firepower on their best day they can be a huge challenge for the big teams too.

 

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Next up are the Eagles. 

If you look at them, their core team looks like a good, stable average one, with no real stars but reliable guys all around. The D has plenty of talent with the already grown youngsters. They have even younger forwards who are not elite level, but could be good depth players in the future (didn't look at ratings..:D ). Key players will be Sandro Koch from the Black Devils who looks very good at the age of 23, the same could be said about Foresters' D-man Angelo Braun, and Razorbacks experienced  goalie Yannik Meyer. They look like a good mix in every aspects of personality traits also. (By the way, if anyone knows how to represent Belarus flag in excel, heeelp. that white-red stripe on the left is killing me, l tried, but looks lame.. :D )

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Next team is Risi (meanin Lynx).

At first they look like a good middle tier team, who are very nice off the ice, but kinda tough to meet them at the game. It looks like they have 2 quite good lines, and then quality drops a bit, but for a small nation like them, I guess it's normal. Their top attackers are Jan Kosir (Golden Flyers) and Dominik Oresnik (Razorbacks) who can pull this team in their prime years. On the D side, by far the top pair is Davor Novak (Hawks) and Alexander Pirjevec (Outlaws), who are stilly very young, so the future looks bright. In goal 3 kinda similar players: Uros Horvat looks the best, and he is quite Heroic, but here form can be a big factor when picking the starter

 

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Well, I started with random small teams, and when l started again, first went through the already done teams, then with the new ones l decided to go according to the IIHF world rankings. The last "original" small team is Les Bleus.

They have a few elite players, like Rodolphe Jahic of the Bandits, or the young gun El Madkouri, who is trying to build himself up in the SHL. Their core looks quite fine, and on forwards side depth is good also. But their lack of leadership (2 of their designated leaders would barely make the line up, at least they are young) and anxiety of big games could cause them serious problems. Also they have a lot of playmakers, but no scorers..:D  And at last... where the hell are the french goalies in the game? They should really look for a middle-high tier canadian guy with french name if they want to be competitive!

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Next in the world rankings is –ó—É–Ī—Ä—č (Bisons).¬†

They have the 3 Maxims leading them: the center Navitski of South Pole, winger Sadowski of Mississauga, and defenseman Kavalchuk of the Tornadoes. Their starter goalie Kovalevich is young and decent, but... an injury to him can quite bury this team. They have an impressive first line, winger depth looks good too, and lots of experienced guys on the roster (with hungry youngsters waiting to take their places already). In the cons column next to the goalie "depth" there is the lack of quality d-men, and they look like struggling in ambition, and it seems they find it hard to motivate themselves for big games..(maybe because of the lack of ambition? :D )

 

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#12 on the rankings are the Danish Lions.

Captained and led by an absolutely¬†top tier¬†center, Ulrik Kristensen. All of them come from GHL and SHL, only one assigned to affiliate. As from a north European team we expected, they are pretty big guys as well :D¬†Their talent is amazing, just look at Dam, Lorentzen, S√łndergaard, or their top defenseman Rasmussen. In goal they have a very experienced squad, but as their ability is close, they can make each other perform even better..(Honorable mention is North Shore's Argus¬†S√łndergaard, who is 40 years old, but since l did the squad, improved to 87 to be #3, and is the best goalie in the SHL with 50 games started! But as he is #1 in his club l think he might be retired from internationals..¬†:D)¬†

On the downside is their big games traits, I guess they could do with more determined guys, but as #12 in real world, they look like a very decent squad.

 

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#11 is again a North European team: Isbj√łrnene (The Polar Bears).

As you can see, their first line is very impressive: 85-90-84; 92-89;91. But after that there is a rather huge gap, and the rest of the team could have problems against most teams. Especially as 11 people from the squad of 25 is without club.  Most guys look a bit cocky and they have problems in other personality aspects too, even their best players. They only have Daniel Jenssen and Tom Johansen as good prospects, but who knows, maybe some other future stars will pop up soon. Their top level goalie can help them a lot, but he is not a best in big games, and some can be said about his backup. So overall this is a very interesting squad I would say.

 

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16 hours ago, Csizi96 said:

#11 is again a North European country: Norway. As you can see, their first line is very impressive: 85-90-84; 92-89;91. But after that there is a rather huge gap, and the rest of the team could have problems against most teams. Especially as 11 people from the squad of 25 is without club.  Most guys look a bit cocky and they have problems in other personality aspects too, even their best players. They only have Daniel Jenssen and Tom Johansen as good prospects, but who knows, maybe some other future stars will pop up soon. Their top level goalie can help them a lot, but he is not a best in big games, and some can be said about his backup. So overall this is a very interesting squad I would say.

My boy Morten Jenssen, presumed older brother of Daniel, falling through the cracks is going to be a big blow of Norway at the world championships. 


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12 hours ago, Wick Schozen said:

My boy Morten Jenssen, presumed older brother of Daniel, falling through the cracks is going to be a big blow of Norway at the world championships. 

Well, I have No idea how did my scout miss a player of that calibre in a team of that calibre.. I will surely fire him, and include Morten in the squad for sure. 

Thanks, man! :D 

Just checked the all players, I swear, he is not there! ūüėģ¬†

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Next up is the best of the 3 baltic countries in terms of ice hockey: Latvia.

They have a very talented, but lazy young goalie, Jauzems from the Warman Fighters. Their first D-pair is elite, and both playing for the Bandits, so chemistry has to be high too. In other aspects they are a very mixed team, maybe on the downside we can mention the lack of good centers, and big games issues, We will see in the power rankings how they do. Fun fact. They have 2 players from CHL, one from RUHL 2 and tons of powerforwards.

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#9 in the rankings is¬† a former world champion: NaŇ°i chlapci (Our boys)

They have pretty tall players, but what is more important is that they are very experienced players all over the squad. However they have a top talent, Martin Oravec, who plays for the Frost Giants. Their first D-pair is absolutely elite, but as  you can see, they have only 4 players playing center, so depth is missing there, and also leadership is something they are lacking in, even with their experience. However, they look serious about hockey, and their first line with Sille and Stuk can cause some problems for the opponents.

 

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Stuk is elite, can drag a team to a win all on his own. Zabka is also an extremely underrated scorer, he would be a huge threat with a good playmaker in the top 6. Slovakia would definitely be a challenging team to play against. 


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Getting to the top 8 of the world rankings, next up is La Nati or the Eisgenossen.

By overall ratings they have the best player of the world, Defender Sven Keller, and his possible pairing, Hodel looks neat too..They have 4 defenders rated 90 or higher, for a 8th seed its very impressive! However they don't have this kind of depth at the other positions: only one 90 rated attacker looks a bit thin against better teams, but who knows how can the others contribute. Their best goalie is 85, which is also a so-so, but he is heroic, and also he is a rare sight, right handed (was his hero Jonas Hiller? :D ) I quickly checked, Denmark, and Slovenia have 2 right handed goalies in the squad, and the 3rd string Italian keeper is strange too. Their problem can be that they have quite a lot of Nervous Nellies. But they have quite good prospects, like Baumann and Zollinger

And at the end some fun facts about them. Their captain, Wyss just got relegated from SHL, and he is assigned to the affiliate despite being 85 OVR.. and their backup keeper plays in the home league.

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The next squad is Träger der Adler (Bearers of the Eagle)

They have a few  elite players at first look: the young star center Dieter Hauk, forward Gerber who is playing for Hamilton, and top D-line  Rothe and Kaya. Another strength could be their good leadership and ego traits, that can help them in harder times. On the downside They are lacking in defense depth a bit, a BHL player made the squad, but he can improve a lot. The goalies look pretty good to be fair. They look really like a top-mid team, right where their rank is.

 

 

 

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#6 is Team USA

As most of you would think they should be higher in GPHM rankings than in real life.. yes, you are right. They have a pretty epic team! The best players could be (only rating wise, I don't know the GHL players that well..(yet? :P )) Coronado, Jolly and the captain Spiers. They have a few old people in the lineup, so experience may be a factor (just look at the goalie trio) But there are a few prospects who already made the squad (like Asay or Ham ) Their problem can be however the lack of true leaders, the nervous guys when they come close to win something, and also lack of ambition. The defensive squad is pretty tough also, so penalty killing could also be crucial for them.  At first sight, they could be a strong candidate to play in the finals.

 

 

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Keller and Hauk have an epic bet going on which of them can drag their mediocre squad further. 

US is quite stacked - but as they have no Black Devils players, they are clearly below par and will be eliminated ;). Also - the trait spread is eerily accurate to the real life US hockey team. GPHM is a solid predictor of real life, it appears!


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