2013 Canada World Junior team - anyone care to take a stab?
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11-20-2012, 09:23 AM
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I think that's wrong. It obviously is an issue. The way the game is played effectively on the larger sheet, and players doing it for the majority of their lives obviously have an advantage. Especially for goalies, adjusting the angles takes some time that you don't have over a short tournament.
That said, while it undoubtedly is an issue, is it an issue that's big enough to question Canada's status as a top-favourite, especially due to the lockout? Certainly not.
With all due respect, you're message is mixed. First it's an issue, then it's not an issue because of Canada's depth, especially during a lockout. It can't be both. As Mr. Writer pointed out, Canada has the best record of any country on big ice at the world juniors over the last 20 years. On top of that, Canada has won five of six games on big ice against Russia in the two junior summit series. If it's as much of an issue as some would like to believe, those numbers would be a lot different. As long as your picking the right players (guys who can skate), it's not an issue at all.
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