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10-30-2011, 12:19 PM
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Originally Posted by J17 Vs Proclamation View Post
It's naive to simply blame the political situation between the KHL and NHL as the reason for the lack of picks in regards to the NHL draft. Yes it's a major factor, but can anybody provide a realistic argument to suggest that Russian youth hockey has been blossoming recently? Simply put, in recent years the product of the youth system hasn't been particularly good.

I do not disagree that Russian hockey is making signifcant progress in it's tiered development system. But clearly in the last 5 years the level of talent has been below what you might expect. The lines of transition were blurred and very few young players were developing well. It's upto Russian hockey to improve this, and until it's actually done correctly, it comes as no suprise to see young players leave at an early age.
If you insist that it is a fact that "clearly in the last 5 years the level of (Russian) talent has been below what you might expect," how do you explain the fact that the Russians beat Canada, 5-3, to win the WJC Gold Medal last year, and in 2009, before they performed their typical stomping of Sweden in the Gold Medal game, Canada came within 3 seconds, and a lucky bounce off the body of Kulikov, of losing to Russia in regulation time (ultimately winning a shootout). Both games were played in NA in front of Canadian spectators entirely. Your assertions just don't seem to match up with the facts.

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