Papadakis & Cizeron Cappellini & Lanotte Bobrova & Soloviev Stepanova & Bukin Guignard & Fabbri Sinitsina & Katsalapov Tobias & Tkachenko Fournier-Beaudry & Sorenson Hurtado & Khaliavin (Individually, they should have the pieces/technique/name recognition to compete within the top ten; but, of course, that is contingent upon avoiding the new-partnership-implosion syndrome) -As of the last update I read by Penny, Coomes & Buckland hadn't yet ruled out the possibility of Europeans. Otherwise, one of the following four teams, I think: Agafanova & Ucar have the highest SB of these four teams. It's from Tallinn so it's questionable, but they also medaled at Golden Spin with a higher score (by several points) than any of the SBs by other teams on this list and in a pretty deep Challenger field. A&U earned a 159.02 at Golden Spin (which is also higher than the Danes this season) and defeated Lorenz & Polizoakis by over 3 1/2 points. A&U also defeated both Czech teams there as well as Nazarova & Nikitin of Ukraine. Agafanova & Ucar have been on the senior international circuit longer than any of the other teams on this list. They had a very rough start to their season this summer and missed the FD cut at Worlds by one spot last year. (It was a shame, really. They have a nice presence on the ice). But A&U had a rough go last season, dealing with being upended politically & having to change coaches mid year. This year, they seem settled, and are essentially number two under Krylova & Camerlengo. Golden Spin was good momentum for them to head into the post season. Kaliszek & Spodyriev had the highest placement of these four teams at last year's Worlds. And while they were only one spot above the Germans, they placed three spots higher in the SD there before mistakes on the twizzles knocked them down to 16th. K&S have a great, entertaining FD; but they've taken some hits on execution in their last two events. Placing below Wang & Liu and Lauriault & Le Gac in the FDs at Cup of China and NHK. (Not great for momentum). K&S are a young team and had the best transition into seniors last season of any junior dance team. Lauriault & Le Gac are transitioning up into seniors this season. L&LG made the JGPF last season and looked like they had a good shot at finishing top four at Junior Worlds until a costly mistake on their twizzle sequence knocked them way down. They have the second highest scores this season among the teams transitioning from juniors--behind Pogrebinsky & Benoit--and defeated the Poles in the FD and overall at NHK. At home for Trophee de France, L&LG had a 49.7 TES score during the FD that was actually higher than two teams which finished ahead of them. (Tobias & Tkachenko and Ilynikh & Zhiganshin). Overall a successful transitioning season. We haven't seen L&LG on the Challenger circuit since the Autumn Classic so their late season scores are all from the deeper fields on the GP circuit. Training in Montreal. Lorenz & Polizoakis have the second highest SB on this list. They split dances with the Poles this season at Nepela and finished 4th at Golden Spin behind Agafanova & Ucar. L&P had a break-out year last season, and finished second of all the teams on this list at Worlds, but they've had several big mistakes this season, which have kept them from building momentum--and their SD is doing them no favors. I think they are a longshot; but they do have Igor and appear to be gaining more stability recently. I like their FD. Personally, I really love Nazarova & Nikitin; but they don't have the scores yet to make the argument.