Since Germany did not dominate their qualification group, they seem to be in no position to put loyalty ahead of talent and would do themselves a huge favor by bringing the most talented squad possible to Vancouver in order to compete with teams at level of Sweden, Finland and Belarus who make up the rest of Group C.
- higher position in the group
- higher number of points
- better goal difference
- higher number of goals scored
- better 2009 IIHF World Ranking