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01-22-2009, 02:26 PM
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Honestly, I don't even think it is fair to compare Soviet guys to modern Russian guys. Lets look at who was on Kharlamov's line, Mikhailov, and probably someone else ridiculously good. Plus lets not forget they played together, lived together, practiced together for basically their whole careers. Consider that Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin, etc are placed on a more random team and still do amazing things. Kharlamov and Mikhailov didn't even play against competition that would have been equal to their skill level and intelligence or their level of understanding of each other this is typically called chemistry. So....Kharlamov had Mikhailov, Kovalchuk has who to play with? Colby Armstrong? Erik Christiansen, the only other legit player on Atlanta is Slava Kozlov. If you had Ovechkin and Kovalchuk had played on a 70's or 80's Soviet team you would think no one would ever compare to them either.

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