Belarusian defensemen VLADIMIR DENISOV (right) and ALEXANDER RYADINSKY (left) double-team Czech Republic forward TOMAS PLEKANEC at the 2009 IIHF World Championships. Denisov, 25, has two years' experience at the American Hockey League level playing 66 games (2 go 6 as, 8 pts, 111 pim) for the Lake Erie Monsters in 2007-08 and 62 games (5 go 15 as, 20 pts, 117 pim) for the Hartford Wolf Pack last season.
Alright then. The informal contest between this blog and NHL.com to pick the Olympic rosters has unofficially begun. All eyes now turn to the scoreboard…
BILL MELTZER of NHL.com actually had two extra players on his final prediction for Belarus, which was posted here at this blog.
However that manifested itself, the bottom line today is that 17 of Meltzer’s 25 chosen players have appeared on the Olympic roster released by the Belarus Ice Hockey Federation today. Including the two extra players, this would mean 68% of Meltzer’s player projections came through.
WORLD HOCKEY (i.e., Rolf) correctly forecast 17 of 23 players appearing on the final Belarus Olympic roster released today for a score of 73.9%.
Next up — Russia, who are scheduled to announce their roster on Christmas Day.