I'd be interested into a review of this year's Finnish team.Well there's no Peltonen and no Jutila so all is lost. MM95 nevö foget!!!
Why would all be lost because of two players? Slovenia is missing Kopitar, Muršak and Urbas, and they played like never before in elite division. Kopitar and Muršak are NHL players, compared to other Slovenian players Kopitar could play alone in his own line.
Just saw in Austrian roster there is no Grabner either. Weird, I thought their NHL players will join them in the team... USA is built of NHL "reservists" again this year but they should beat Austria without any problem.
Relegation group will be: Slovenia, Austria, France and Latvia/Denmark, I believe.
As for the winner, I don't know this year. Haven't seen all the teams play yet. I'd say Canada will be high, also Slovakia will probably get into semifinals at least due to being a host, then there is Russia... Czech Republic can also stand in their way... Perhaps Finland? Sweden and USA are out of the question in my opinion. Yes, Germany can mess the system a bit as well, but they are not a golden medal material...