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05-27-2004, 10:30 AM
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i saw the articles too, and it's really a different ballgame now. To become a superstar in the NHL today you must not only be incredibly skilled, but tough and very physically in shape. Those are atributes that weren't always required in earlier decades, and they make a huge difference in the ability of a skilled guy like saku koivu to reach the top tier of nhl players... he's simply too small despite his high skill level.

The other thing that affects this comparison is the shift the league began to make in the mid 80s... from pure offense to the defensive systems that we see today. I was mostly perusing, so i'm not sure if thn includes guys like madden, draper, mccarty, leihtinen, etc. to be "superstars".

The thing that caught me off guard about the rankings was the number of russians that they rank much higher than players from north america and europe with much higher csb rankings... is this a tendancy of thn?

anyways, it's an interesting read.

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