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04-23-2012, 11:59 AM
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Rabid Ranger
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Originally Posted by cagney View Post
The Swedes just seemed to have a particularly strong group this year and I felt that the depth of talent amongst their forwards would give them enough to outscore the US forwards. The US defensive dominance in this tournament wasn't something I really anticipated as they hadn't really shown this ability previously this year. The US team clearly peaked at the right time.
This particular tournament is where the USNTDP concept really shines. You could see the overall team discipline and attention to details that just wasn't there with the other teams (and understandably so). It's shame we can't get the same kind of results at the U20 level (which is the progressive idea of the program). The divergence once a kid has to make the CHL/NCAA choice really throws a monkeywrench in the works.

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