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04-15-2012, 07:14 PM
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Originally Posted by KevyD View Post
Feel free to remove anyone you want from my first 2 lists and then convince me that Canada is not in a lull from 2010 to 2012.
Feel free to look at the 2010, 2011 and add whomever you want - Huberdeau. Look at the upcoming 2012 drafts and feel free to do the same.

I changed the titles from 'Star' to 'Top Quality' players.

Re : "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..."

That would be hard to believe given there were only 31 Russians in the NHL in 2011-2012.

I would take your recent list and remove these names

J Staal, Bernier, Little, Lucic, Marchand, Sutter, Myers, Boychuk, Hodgson, Del Zotto, Ennis, Henrique, Kane, Brayden Schenn to name a few…

I don't think they have reached star status yet.

Leaves (in my view) stars since 2006 (it seems that is your cut off)

Toews, Giroux, Benn, Stamkos, Doughty, Pieterangelo, Eberle, Taveres, Duchene,

It's tough to judge the current crop of Canadian players to see if there is really a lull, rather than one off year.

The players above, Giroux, Benn, Eberle etc none of them were projected as stars when they were drafted. So you don't really know how to compare the current draft stock because they haven't played yet.

The only way to really compare it is how players were rated in the past.

Consider that

2006 4 of top 10 draftees Canadian
2007 7 of 10
2008 6 of 10
2009 7 of 10
2010 7 of 10
2011 6 of 10

I don't see a lull there. The worst year was 2006 and I'd venture the guess that at least 4 of the top 10 picks this year will be Canadian.

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