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06-27-2012, 08:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Helo View Post
Well i would add belarus to those who are also slipping down and Latvia is getting better,because previously weve never had a first rounder and second rounder in one draft
Czechs are also not looking too good,but still better than slovakia,altough idk about norway,they better start producing some NHL draftees or they fall very fast.
If you see the Belarus seems faitly constant over the years
I dont see them in danger of falling in skill level...its just that the other nations are getting better so they will have to fight to stay up...but so we all have to do the next years!

What i mean is the Latvia have had a high level for many just a small country so the really good players comes unevenly. You have be wait for Irbe, Balderis and Ozolins class to resurface...maybe you have the next bunch coming. But Latvia is solid elite division with an occasional QF..and that will probably continue.

With Norway it's first after Sochi they will start having problems.....their best players are peaking right now. But even without NHL players they have so many good players in SEL and allsvenskan it's only QF chance they will lose. They will retain a skill level to stay up in elite.
Norwegian players in Europe.....check number in SEL!

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