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10-30-2012, 03:11 PM
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Originally Posted by Dojji View Post
Talent dilution, if it even exists, isn't NEARLY the problem people are making it out to be. Gretzky and Orr don't put up the totals that make them legends if they don't have a diluted league to play against.
Never got this arguement at all. So hockey has since the "golden age" of the NHL grown into an international game with kids growing up the world over (no longer mostly NA) dreaming of playing in the NHL, and yet somehow adding ~50 more spots in the league is going to dilute talent? With modern sports training and coaching, and the ability to select from a larger population of people than ever before in the history of the NHL, how exactly is that going to dilute the talent pool and make the average NHL player less talented? Look how far countries like Sweden and Switzerland have come in the last ten years as far as developing NHL players. I'd say the talent level on a worldwide scale has never been higher than it is now and expanding the NHL is only going help grow the game that much more at an international level.

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