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10-28-2012, 02:49 PM
Mr Kanadensisk
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Originally Posted by lazerbullet View Post
Top 60 scorers is fairly big number and has little to do with TOP 70 Players of All Time.

And those 4 Russians were #1, #5, #31 and #35 and that includes Datsyuk who missed 12 games.

I just find it strange that during Soviet time Russia and Canada were neck-to-neck. Despite the fact that usually Canada had the best player or two on their team (Wayne, Mario, Orr, Hull or whoever). Soviets had few stars who were pretty good and are nowadays recognized as such, but other players are totally dismissed. While Canada had other superstars who were miles better than any of those average Soviet players. And yet, games were as close as they could get. And no, no training camps can close the gap if difference in talent was so large as many think. So something is clearly out of sync here. My bet is that those other Soviet players were better than given credit.
Imagine if Canada had a full time national team program where their best players practiced and played together year round. If you don't think they would have been a MUCH MUCH better team then you're just not being honest. Look at how long it takes an NHL club to come into form, look how long it can take one player to adjust to a new team, ignoring these things and how they effected Soviet era international hockey is just silly.

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