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10-27-2011, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by J17 Vs Proclamation View Post
Realistically the MHL had very little to do with the Subway series success. Rather the approach to selection was simply the main reason for success. I'd also suggest that the MHL hasn't existed long enough to have any significant impact on Russian hockey yet. It obviously will and hopefully it will be very positive, but many of the 90's, 91's and 92's were around before the MHL and thus the new system hasn't really emcompassed all their Junior hockey experience.
Of course the MHL was too new to be the pre-eminent factor in something like the Subway Series, but it could well have been a factor that made a difference. Major talents like Tarasenko, Kuznetsov, and Kitsyn were playing regularly in the KHL, but the existence of the MHL made it much easier to identify role players like Kalinin, Sergeyev and Voronin who might not be stars, but could help the team win. Without the MHL, guys like that, who wouldn't get ice time in the KHL on a regular basis, could easily fall under the radar. The MHL provides a format for coaches to select prospects who have proven their ability to succeed in competition.

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