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04-15-2012, 07:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Latgale_fan View Post
In Canada somehow the name ''star'' is attached to any somewhat good NHL player. No wonder Russians wonder a lot about Canadian ''stars'' and how many of them there are... If you asked a Russian to compile a list of ''stars'' in NHL, he'd probably come up with the total of 15-20 players...
A lot of such ''stars'' from 2010 and 2011 are still either in juniors or AHL and still need a year or two to mature so there's no use to take such recent drafts and present them as evidence that there are no stars. Huberdeau will definitely be a star, for example
Some of those names are a bit of a stretch in terms of calling a player a star. However one has to admit that Canada has been producing the highest end talent for the last ten years. The top rated 18 year olds from the last decade (2000 to now) have been 7 Canadians, 3 Russians, 3 Americans. And that's not because of some perceived Russian factor. Those were the best players. Russians have produced some high level players, but probably not in the sheer numbers that the Canadians have.

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