Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 12:26 PM
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Clearly no. Who are the best Russian defencemen? The best Russian goaltenders? All well below Sweden, Canada and USA. The forwards are not particularly better than the other top countries either, outside of the top 6.
World Championships results are clearly laughable. Russia is sending a much higher proportion of their best players than the other top countries. It would be pretty embarrassing if they didn't have the best results over a five year span. Saying that Canada is the best because of gold at the Olympics is just as laughable though, it's only a single game elimination tournament.
Yes, but you have to use something to measure the rankings, tournament results over a long period are the only measurable way to determine rankings no matter what we may think of the relevant merits of that tournament or its format. We just can't use individual player stats from league play. Canada is number 1 for now and pending the results of Sochi.
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