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12-08-2009, 01:48 PM
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Originally Posted by TheDevilMadeMe View Post
Fourth lines = hard to compare, but NJ likely has an advantage in talent.

Tidewater obviously gets the chemistry advantage. Talent, though? He has three guys who played for the USSR, back when Canadian amateur teams could skate with the Soviets at the Olympics. Clint Smith and John McKenzie especially should give NJ a more skilled 4th line, at least.
Comparing eras and leagues is one of the hardest parts of the ATD. The Soviet hockey program managed to reach elite NHL levels by 1972, so by the mid 1960's they were probably producing at least some players who would have been very good at the NHL level. Canada won three bronze medals during the Alexandrov/Almetov/Loktev line's success. Almetov played Canada 19 times, losing only four times, three of them in 1960 (the other was a 1967 exhibition game.)

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