There have been a few new pairs this season and I am very curious who will come on top. Unfortunately we will have to wait till December for Russian nationals to have them all compete against each other, but we could start guessing in which order they will end up. My guess (assuming that no one is injured and no one is allowed to skip the nationals to prepare for Europeans): The easy bit: 1. Tatiana Volosozhar / Maxim Trankov (it seems that they are not retiring, so for me clearly number 1) 2. Ksenia Stolbova / Fedor Klimov 3. Yuko Kavaguti / Alexander Smirnov (not sure if they should be n. 3 or 4. They will be 33 and 30 years old, so maybe if A/M become consistent they may beat them soon.) 4. Julia Antipova / Nodari Maisuradze Now there are 3 newly created pairs(Bazarova/Deputat, Astakhova/Rogonov, Zabijako/Larionov), one pair that have been struggling for 2 seasons with injury (Gerboldt/Enbert), 5 junior pairs that have been pretty good at the JGP and junior worlds last season and are forced to move to seniors (Tarasova/Morozov, Vygalova/Zakroev, Fedorova/Miroshkin, Gainetdinova/Bich, Chernivskaya/Souza-Kordyeru), and one newly created junior pair (Davankova/Bobrov - the better junior pairs have traditionally been competing at senior nationals). And we have only 7 spot remaining because they usually have only 12 pairs at Russian nationals, so some of them will stay at home. So my guess again: 5. Evgenia Tarasova/Vladimir Morozov (I think they may step up the next season) 6. Vera Bazarova / Andrey Deputat 7. Maria Vygalova/Egor Zakroev 8. Lina Fedorova/Maxim Miroshkin 9.Kristina Astakhova/ Alexei Rogonov 10. Kamila Gainetdinova/Ivan Bich 11. Katarina Gerboldt / Aleksander Enbert 12. Natalia Zabijako /Yuri Larionov - Natalia is definitely much lower level than all the other pairs and Larionov can't do the job for both. She has to do her bit. Arina Chernivskaya/Antonio Souza-Kordyeru - I think they won't qualify. They are the weakest juniors that are moving to seniors. Vasilisa Davankova/Maxim Bobrov - I think this coming season they may decide to concentrate on gelling together and training junior length programs and skip senior nationals. What are your predictions?