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10-09-2011, 03:37 PM
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Originally Posted by VanIslander View Post
Yeah, I'm not really big on 1950's Soviets. There's an exponential increase in skill and performance between the early generation and the Tarasov sixties generation that directly preceded the '72 Series. Still, Kuchevsky belongs in this draft imo (I introduced him to the board back in the AA10 draft; last year papershoes chose him much too early, in MLD 2010, because of his themed team).
I think the true cream of the crop of the 50s Soviets deserve recognition, though people need to realize they weren't in any way a step up from the cream of the crop of the 50s-70s Swedes, or the occasional 50s/60s Canadian non-NHLer who was kept out of the NHL for other reasons (Seth Martin losing his pension would be one).

For players such as this, I prefer to look at how they did internationally, rather than against their relatively weak domestic leagues.

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