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Niklas Hagman-Olli Jokinen-Jussi Jokinen

Tuomo Ruutu-Mikko Koivu-Jere Lehtinen

Sean Bergenheim-Saku Koivu-Antti Miettinen

Antti Pihlstrom -Valtteri Fillpula-Niko Kapenen

Sami Kapenen-Jarkko Ruutu

Analysis: Finland’s goaltending factory continues to produce young netminders, and either Kiprusoff or Backstrom could carry this team to a medal, but this roster doesn’t quite stack up with the other superpowers.

SLOVAKIA

G Peter Budaj

Jaroslav Halak

D

Zdeno Chara-Andrej Meszaros

Lubomir Visnovsky-Branislav Mezei

Milan Jurcina-Andrej Sekera

Boris Valabik

F

Miroslav Satan-Pavol Demitra-Marian Gaborik

Ladislav Nagy-Michal Handzus-Marian Hossa

Marcel Hossa-Tomas Kopecky-Marek Svatos

Juraj Kolnik-Jozef Stumpel-Branko Radivojevic

Analysis: Slovakia has never had the depth of the other major hockey-playing countries, but many of its star players are aging and there isn’t much young NHL talent to replace them. This team would still have electric offensive players like Gaborik and Hossa, but the long-term outlook isn’t good for the Slovakians.

BONUS: CANADA ‘B’

How ridiculous is the depth north of the border? Here is a look at what a second entry from Canada would look like. Could this group win a medal? Probably.

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Jean-Sebastien Giguere

Marc-Andre Fleury

Cam Ward

D

Robyn Regehr-Brent Burns

Braydon Coburn–Duncan Keith

Shea Weber-Dan Hamhuis

Ed Jovanoski

F

Ryan Smyth–Eric Staal-Martin St. Louis

Mike Riberio-Danny Briere-Jeff Carter

Derek Roy-Patrick Marleau-Corey Perry

Mike Fisher-John Madden-Nathan Horton

Sam Gagner-Steven Stamkos

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