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Ice Hockey World Championships: Commentary: Sparrows in Helsinki are already chirping about it – ŠPORT.SK

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today 12:35 | It’s being talked about quietly, but more and more, as something that can really happen. Something that is unimaginable and unrealistic at first glance. When it is said out loud, you feel like you are dreaming. But it’s not that unrealistic. A few months ago, the position of the draft unit for the current year was clear. Canadian Shane Wright’s position seemed unshakable. But then came the Olympics and the great performances of Juraj Slafkovsky. He scored 7 goals, significantly contributed to the Slovak bronze and became the most useful player of the tournament. It has begun to be speculated that Shane Wright is not such a clear unit and that Juraj Slafkovský may endanger him. But those voices died down after the draft lottery. The Montreal Canadiens won it. Won’t the Canadian club choose a Canadian as a draft unit? At first unimaginable, but … Juraj Slafkovský continues to perform well at the World Championships and gradually there are voices that Shane Wright is really not such a clear unit. Many scouts are present at the World Cup in Helsinki, as well as members of the top management of NHL clubs. Gradually, it was quietly said that Juraj Slafkovský would be the draft unit. And the fact that the top leadership of the Montreal Canadiens came to watch the matches of Slovakia also helped! Read also GM Montreal came to see Slafkovsky: In the NHL can play earlier than others, … General Manager Kent Hughes, his right-hand executive vice president of sports operations Jeff Gorton, their adviser Vincent Lecavalier or head of amateur scouting Martin Lapointe. Would the leadership of the Montreal Canadiens come to look at the matches of Slovakia and Juraj Slafkovsky or Simon Nemc if Shane Wright were a clear draft unit? Maybe yes, but … Only the draft unit sounds unrealistic for the Slovak fan at the first hearing. Well, let’s dream even more, even further … Yes, the following lines will sound crazy, but they are based on real foundations. And is it possible to really speculate about something like that? None of us will ever experience it again. So let’s enjoy it. Montreal will go first and choose Juraj Slafkovsky. The second New Jersey, if it doesn’t change its choice, which is increasingly speculated about, will have the opportunity to take Shan Wright’s centers, but … The Devils have two elite centers, Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes, in recent years. So they don’t need another center very much and another of the top attackers in the draft is also the Logan Cooley center. New Jersey would be a good young promising defender and the best on the draft are Czech David Jiříček and Slovak Šimon Nemec. Slovakia with draft unit and number two? It is a huge, probably fan-based speculation, but it is based on real foundations and this is something that no fan of Slovakia has ever dreamed of. Slovak hockey lives its dream, and if it has been in a long dark tunnel for several years, it now sees a great bright light at the end of it. Although it is still far away, but it is there … Read also the program of matches of Slovakia at the World Hockey Championship 2022 Read also the World Championship at Hockey 2022: Everything you need to know about the championship in one place

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