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08-09-2009, 10:33 PM
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Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by Sentinel View Post
My argument has been that Russia is better than Canada ON PAPER in offense (wings and center). It's based on FACTS (award nominees, achievements, etc.) and speculations (performances at WHC, etc.). Nowhere did I indicate that Russia should have the Gold handed to them before the tournament begins.
There was a thread earlier this year which addressed the offensive rankings of each country. Russia's forwards are very good, but still number 2. It is based on NHL statistics, and although some may argue there are players in Europe that might make a difference, the margins are great enough that the ranking orders wouldn't change.


2009 Offensive Rankings by Country

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Here is the offensive ranking of the following countries based on total NHL points for their top 9 forwards and top 5 defencemen.

Forwards:
1 CAN (783)
2 RUS (748)
3 SWE (624)
4 USA (594)
5 CZE (563)
6 FIN (439)
7 SVK (318)

Defence:
1 CAN (295)
2 USA (227)
3 SWE (208)
4 CZE (200)
5 RUS (173)
6 FIN (141)
7 SVK (130)

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