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08-09-2012, 11:35 AM
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Originally Posted by seventieslord View Post
The top Soviets of the 70s and 80s were seen many times and judged to be approximately as good as the best Canadian players. That is still the case. But all the "best" soviets are in the NHL right now; there is no guesswork or extrapolation involved with them. Morozov and Radulov are third-rate Soviets; they are dominating what is clearly a lesser league (whereas the old Soviet league was "a lesser league, but their top-end players were just as good") and when they are in the NHL they are not stars. If they were, this would be a whole other story. But Morozov appeared to be turning into a decent career 2nd liner when he was here, and Radulov is probably a decent career 1st liner, but not the type of player who's ever going to seriously challenge the top-20 in scoring.
But what about the tendency of the Soviet era to stack its CSKA Moscow club with basically the cream of the crop, making it a basically non competitive league? How do we evaluate the greatness of individual players who weren't playing against meaningful competition?

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