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World Hockey Championships Preview and Introduction to the International Power Rankings

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The hockey World Championships are coming up on May 5th to May 21st of 2017.

Team Canada will go into it looking for their third straight Championship win, after defeating Russia in the finals back in 2015 and defeating Finland in the finals last year in 2016.

The following is the list of NHL players participating in this year’s World Hockey Championships:

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Who’s the favorites at these World Championships?

It would be hard for Canada to win its third straight World Championships. In the past two years, Canada has had Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid to lead their team to victory, but this year the roster lacks a big name superstar.

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While many people always consider the United States favorites to win at the international level, many people don’t realize that the United Sates hasn’t won a World Championships since 1960. That’s 57 years ago.

Team Sweden appears to be a big favorite this year. With strong forwards like Gabriel Landeskog and defensive studs like Oilver Ekman-Larsson and Victor Headman, not to mention the numerous amount of other NHL players and great Swedish players coming from the SHL, they are probably the biggest favorites going into these World Championships.

Russia is a team that should never be discounted, as well. They don’t appear to have many superstars, with Alex Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin still in the NHL playoffs, but, unless you’re a huge follower of the KHL, it’s usually hard to know what this team can do for sure.

Finland has been the hottest international team in the last four years and, with this in mind, they also shouldn’t be discounted. But just like many other nations, they lack star power this year. It seems unlikely we’ll see Finland grow on their recent success on the international stage.

With the lack of great star power this year, maybe we’ll see a upset. If there was ever a year for one, it’s this year. Maybe now is the time for a country like Slovakia or Czech Republic to step up and take the World Championship title.

This year’s World Championships seems to lack a big name. There’s no Connor McDavid or Alex Ovechkin, but maybe that’s good. This year looks like it will be a battle of a country’s depth, and that’s what makes this upcoming tournament very interesting.

Introduction to international power rankings

The following chart looks at the best countries for international hockey in the last four years.

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Arizona CardinalsDT Calais Campbell
Atlanta FalconsFB Patrick DiMarco
Baltimore RavensG Marshall Yanda
Buffalo BillsDT Kyle Williams
Carolina PanthersTE Greg Olsen
Chicago BearsLB Sam Ancho
Cincinnati BengalsWR A.J. Green
Cleveland BrownsT Joe Thomas
Dallas CowboysCB Brandon Carr
Denver BroncosLB DeMarcus Ware
Detroit LionsS Glover Quinn
Green Bay PackersLB Julius Peppers
Houston TexansLB Brian Cushing
Indianapolis ColtsRB Frank Gore
Jacksonville JaguarsLB Paul Posluszny
Kansas City ChiefsLB Derrick Johnson
Los Angeles RamsDE Robert Quinn
Miami DolphinsT Branden Albert
Minnesota VikingsCB Terrance Newman
New England PatriotsS Devin McCourty
New Orleans SaintsT Zach Strief
New York GiantsWR Victor Cruz
New York JetsWR Brandon Marshall
Oakland RaidersQB Derek Carr
Philadelphia EaglesRB Darren Sproles
Pittsburgh SteelersLB Arthur Moats
San Diego ChargersQB Phillip RIvers
San Francisco 49ersT Joe Staley
Seattle SeahawksWR Tyler Lockett
Tampa Bay BuccaneersDT Gerald McCoy
Tennessee TitansQB Marcus Mariota
Washington RedskinsQB Kirk Cousins

The following tournaments determine the intentional power rankings:

The latest Olympics

The last 4

World Championships

Under-20 World Championships

Under-18 World Championships.

How it works

The international power rankings works by giving a set number of points to a country for finishing in a certain position in one of the four tournaments previously listed. The higher your final position in the tournament, the more points awarded to the country. Only teams that make the playoffs in the respective tournament receive points.

It also takes into account how many years ago the tournament happened. So, any tournament that happened four years ago is worth 1/4 of a tournament that happened within the last year. Any tournament that happened three years ago is worth 1/2 of a tournament within the last year and a tournament 2 years ago is worth 3/4 of a tournament within the last year.

For example, a gold medal in the World Championships is worth 80 points. so a team that won the gold is awarded:

Within 1 year- 80 points

1-2 years ago- 60 points

2-3 years ago- 40 points

3-4 years ago- 20 points.

This method allows to make some tournaments mean more than others, while more recent tournaments mean more than tournaments in years past.

This chart is updated before every World championship, Under 20 World Championships and Olympics. It’s also updated after every World Championships, Under 20 World Championships, Under 18 World Championships and Olympics.

Please note that the point system will be updated before next year’s Olympics due to no NHL players being permitted to play.

(All teams via Wikipedia as of May 3rd.)