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10-13-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
Agreed. It would be great to have all hands on deck, so to speak, since the Canadians will have access to active NHL players. As far as I know, Nugent-Hopkins is the only junior age player who is considered good enough to make a difference who played in the NHL last year. At the same time, I don't always believe that one player will make the difference. We'll see!
True, one player will not make that big of difference in a tournament, but 1 player along with 5 or 6 other players projected to be in the NHL and who may not be released can all together make a significant difference. In the lockout year of 2005 it was only Bergeron who had NHL experience from the previous year..and he teamed up with a pretty impressive group of 18 year old players (6 of whom would have been playing in the NHL if it were not for a lockout) Same scernario unfolding this year...the only difference is I don't rate this possible lockout team anywhere near the caliber of the 2005 lockout team...

And just to let you know Canada's record at the U20 in lockout years is

13 wins 0 Losses 90 goals for and 29 Against 2 Gold Medals both played in N.America

Russia's record in Lockout years

9 Wins 4 Losses 65 Goals for and 41 Against. 2 Silver Medals...

This year is in the Motherland....winning at home is expected and easy right?

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