Youth hockey in Russia
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08-19-2011, 05:01 AM
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My last point is easily illustrated by the severe annihilation that the Russian team received from the Canadians in the Ivan Hlinka tournament. The score, 5-0, wasn't so bad, but the shots on goal totals, 44-6, is virtually unprecedented in the sport of hockey. It almost seems impossible that a hockey team could only produce 6 shots on goal during the course of an entire hockey game. None of the shots on goal came from the "superstar" Grigorenko. This Russian team clearly did not belong on the same ice as the Canadian team. What better evidence is there that 17-year old Russian players are not ready to go to the CHL, and that they would be better off taking Vladimir Tarasenko's (russianprospects.com) advice of waiting until they are developed hockey players before going overseas.
Maybe it's the indication of that. Maybe it's the indication of the fact that while Canadians were preparing seriously for the tournament, Russians just arrived to play some games... of course, it doesn't explain 44-6 but we also should take into account the fact that RUSSIA IS NOT PRODUCING AS MUCH TALENT AS IT USED TO. We see that Russia didn't win U20 for some time, before this year's victory. And we also saw the in U18 championships Russia was only nr.3... It's not like Russia is the sole top power in youth hockey nowadays- there's not only Canada, but also Sweden and USA that are constantly better or equal with Russian teams.
Now, that also doesn't explain 44-6 as Russian team can't be THAT bad but still... I don't think that one tournament should be seen as some indication of what's better and worse for Russian hockey.
I'm not against Russians staying in MHL/KHL until they are ready to play in NHL, I would only be for it... But I don't think that playing in CHL harms a player's development. Of course, you can always find examples of that with some players but I think there are examples that show players who stayed in Russia and who could've possibly develop better in CHL...
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