Thread: GDT: U-18 WJC Day 3 games
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04-15-2012, 07:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
National teams move in cycles of boom and bust, so that supports your point. But I definitely believe that Sweden, Finland, the US and Russia have made improvements that makes it difficult for any one team to consistently win, year after year.
Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
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.
That's fair boys. Forgive me if I get too protective of Canadian hockey. Can't help it!

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