Thread: GDT: U-18 WJC Day 3 games
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04-15-2012, 07:19 PM
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KevyD
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
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.
When I wrote my original post I titled the players "Stars". I then felt it was too strong and wrote "Top Quality" players.
I think all of my inclusion fall under that category.

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

I disagree. A player can be the best in his class but if his class stinks, it means nothing compared to other years.

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

I don't feel it is a one year off. Canada has had 3 weak years. It also had 3 weak years from 1999 - 2001.

I feel if you compare the years 2003 - 2005, 2006 - 2009, 2010 - 2012 in a few years you will see the latter is by far the weakest class.


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