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07-21-2012, 09:15 AM
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Originally Posted by 99 Problems View Post
I wouldn't be so sure. The IIHF produced a world junior ranking based on the past 2 years of U20 and U18 tournaments and compared with the senior rankings, to see the future growth in each country:

As you can see, Slovenia are up 5 places from their senior ranking, and Croatia are +6. Clearly there is potential in that area, as they are the two biggest risers.
I think that +6 is for U20. Sure, our U20 team is "miracle on ice" for last couple of seasons, first we promoted to Div1 and then stayed there for three years in a row, but that is more exception than rule. We have had many players who left Croatia in early age and went to play in bigger nations. Now they are slowly "retiring" (becoming too old for U20) and when goalie Tomljenovic becomes too old for U20, we will be knocked down, not in D2A, but in D2B within two years. Our hockey development is non existant, youth coaches main preoccupation is too collect money from parents.

Medvescak is doing great job in EBEL, and is strong candidat to enter KHL, but it's success is based on players from all over the europe and NA with Croat origins and imports.

So, Croatia is little odd case. We have good possibility to have club in KHL and in other hand we don't have a system who can produce even regular 4th liner (10-12-15 points) for EBEL.

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