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First Line: David Rodman-Anze Kopitar-Jan Mursak
Although one has flaunted it more often and more steadily than the other, Kopitar and Mursak are the lone Slovenian skaters with certified NHL-caliber craft. This squad has no offensive starting point unless it can mesh those two players with Rodman, whom head coach Matjaz Kopitar, per ILHF.com reporter Szymon Szemberg, has called “a pure goal-scorer, our difference-maker.”
Second Line: Ziga Jeglic-Rok Ticar-Marcel Rodman
Ticar is a leading playmaker and point-getter for his DEL (German League) team, Kolner Haie, and has been as deft at finishing as he has been at setting chances up when playing for his national squad. On the wings, Matias Strozyk of Elite Prospects writes at length of Jeglic’s initiative and “stride,” while Rodman is a veteran alternate captain who can either play right wing or fill in at center.
Third Line: Tomas Razinger-Jan Urbas-Robert Sabolic
Razinger has consistently been wearing letters of leadership for the Slovenians and continues to post decent data wherever he goes. As Ulf Andersson of Elite Prospects writes, Sabolic “is a hard worker who doesn’t mind being aggressive.” Meanwhile, the hulking Urbas (6'3", 216 pounds) can center these positionally versatile wingers to round out the checking/depth troika.
Fourth Line: Bostjan Golicic-Ales Music-Ziga Pance
The next point Pance collects will be his first in a Team Slovenia jersey since 2010, but he has at least been wearing that jersey at every potential instance. Similarly, Golicic’s familiarity with the program from the last four World Championships helps his cause despite a lack of tangible output. Music’s versatility as a winger and center is his tiebreaker to take the last regular forward slot.
Extra Forwards: Anze Kuralt and Miha Verlic
Both Kuralt and Verlic are new to the national team beyond the 20-and-under age group and have lately honed their craft at lower professional levels than their Olympic teammates.