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11-27-2012, 11:58 AM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by Rabid Ranger View Post
It demonstrates buy in. Countries like the U.S. rarely if at all can get even a small percentage of it's top talent to show up. To me, the Olympics remain they best vehicle to judge best on best talent.
Of course, but that doesn't mean we should discredit the WC and its meaning. It highlights depth, and as it is played every year, has merit (and of course limitations) for measuring the international hockey powers.

The olympics also has it's limitations. It's once every 4 years. Russia got spanked by Canada in 2010, but no sane person would say that the best on best between those nations isn't extremely close.

The World Juniors are overated in North America. They are not a clear measurement of anything, other than Canada has much greater depth at the Junior level. Nobody disputes this, but when you begin to move into the Senior level, it doesn't matter that much. Few players from any of these elite U-20 teams ever become Senior nationals.

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