|Jaromir Jagr||RW||41||NHL||New Jersey Devils|
|Tomas Plekanec||C||31||NHL||Montreal Canadiens|
|Patrik Elias||C/LW||37||NHL||New Jersey Devils|
|Milan Michalek||LW||29||NHL||Ottawa Senators|
|David Krejci||C||27||NHL||Boston Bruins|
|Jakub Voracek||LW/RW||24||NHL||Philadelphia Flyers|
|Ondrej Palat||LW||22||NHL||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Martin Hanzal||C||26||NHL||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Ales Hemsky||RW||30||NHL||Edmonton Oilers|
|Vladimir Sobotka||C/LW||26||NHL||St. Louis Blues|
|Roman Cervenka||C||28||KHL||St. Petersburg SKA|
|Michael Frolik||RW||25||NHL||Winnipeg Jets|
|Petr Nedved||LW||42||Czech||Liberec Bili Tygri HC|
|Jiri Novotny||C||30||KHL||Prague Lev|
|Zbynek Michalek||D||31||NHL||Phoenix Coyotes|
|Marek Zidlicky||D||37||NHL||New Jersey Devils|
|Michal Rozsival||D||35||NHL||Chicago Blackhawks|
|Radko Gudas||D||23||NHL||Tampa Bay Lightning|
|Tomas Kaberle||D||35||Czech||Kladno Knights|
|Ladislav Smid||D||28||NHL||Calgary Flames|
|Michal Barinka||D||29||Czech||Vitkovice HC|
|Lukas Krajicek||D||30||KHL||Dinamo Minsk|
|Ondrej Pavelev||G||26||NHL||Winnipeg Jets|
|Jakub Kovar||G||25||KHL||Yekaterinburg Automobilist|
|Alexander Salak||G||27||KHL||St. Petersburg SKA|
While they lack the star power of Russia, the goal scoring of the Americans and Sweden's puck possession skill, they have a competitive core of good all round players.
At centre, the Czechs are short on flash, but long on reliable two-way skill. David Krejci leads the way offensively as a high end playmaker with above average puck possession and defensive skill. Following him is a duo of world class defensive pivots with Olympic calibre offense in Tomas Plekanec and Martin Hanzal.
On wing, the Czech's boast a group of well rounded players. On the right side, national team stalwart Jaromir Jagr leads the way. He is ancient and slow, but still incredible at puck protection and is a full package threat in the offensive zone. Next, Voracek is a solid all round winger, albeit not a renown sniper.
On the left, they are led by one of his generation's great two-way forwards in the aging Patrick Elias. He is still a high level scorer and defensive player into his late 30's and should be a cornerstone of this Czech squad. Milan Michalek is having a disastrous season in Ottawa, but is a pure goalscorer on a team that is not particularly strong in that element.
A full line of credible top line NHL forwards was left off the roster in Juri Hudler, Tomas Fleichmann and Radim Vrbata. In particular, Vrbata forms a ready-made duo with center Martin Hanzal, while Juri Hudler has had a particularly solid campaign in Calgary. These omissions seem wrong-headed but are at least justifiable on the basis that the Czechs are able to stack three forward lines with first line, if not game-breaking NHL talent.
The truly glaring omission is Colorado Avalanche defenseman Jan Hejda, one of the few Czech's with a justifiable claim to be able to handle top 4 defenseman duties in the NHL. This leaves the Czech's down to only four defensemen who average 18+ minutes a game in the NHL, with Zidlicky and Michalek the only ones cracking 20 a night.
The Czech's puck-moving looks to run through Marek Zidlicky (who is still a top four defenseman in the NHL) and Tomas Kaberle (who isn't). Kaberle is the team's 2nd best offensive defenseman and he's been exiled from the NHL for being a bottom pairing NHLer at best. The remaining NHL talent in Rosival, Gudas, Michalek and Smid are all more of the stay-at home breed. This is not an impressive group from a puck possession standpoint. Michalek is a proven quantity as a quality stay at home defenseman in Phoenix, but the group lags after him. Michal Rosival is a depth defenesman these days on a stacked Chicago blueline. Ladislav Smid appears to have fallen off a cliff this season, currently getting murdered in hard minutes in Calgary. Finally, Radko Gudas is the worst puck possession defenseman on Tampa Bay. The depth is rounded out by two European leaguers, unfamilar to North Americans.
Continuing on the theme of the Czech Republic's defensive woes, their situation in net is likely the weakest in the tournament's top eight. Beyond Ondrej Pavelec, who is one of the worst starters in the NHL, they have brought Alexander Salak, who could not crack either Florida or Chicago's lineup and is now a starter for St. Petersburg and Jakub Kovar who plays for Yekaterinburg Autombolist. As all the other contenders down to Switzerland can start a potentially world class goaltender, this must be seen as a major weak point for the Czechs.
Plekanec, Jagr, Krejci, Elias, and Voracek are known quantities for international tournaments, but the Czech's third line of Palat, Hanzal, and Hemsky has the potential to be a difference maker. According to Jonathan Willis of Oilers Nation, Hemsky is the only Oilers forward this season to have a positive scoring chance differential, which is astounding considering the criticism laid at his feet.
If Hemsky can find chemistry with the gigantic Hanzal and the emerging Palat, it's possible that the Czechs won't miss Hudler, Fleischmann, and Vrbata as much as advertised.
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