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11-27-2012, 04:29 PM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by Rabid Ranger View Post
Well, on a talent basis alone the Olympics represent the best means to compare talent. It would be better if it was a best of type scenario, but it is what it is. I also can't agree with your last point. In countries like the U.S. which uses the NTDP model to build international from juniors to the senior level, there is a fair amount of continuity.
Of course, but given it happens once every four years, and has yet to be won twice by any nation since it became the best on best, we can hardly use it as any definitive measurement.

The majority of NTDP products will never come close to reaching the Senior team. It has a large concentration of top talent per age group for the US, but the majority will still not amount to much. Plus, we have many good Americans in the CHL. No other high end country employs a similar model.

The World Juniors over a sample size of 5 years (anymore and developmental changes can be overlooked i.e Finland/Sweden/Czechs) can be used to judge how well nations are developing youth talent. It tells us no more than that. Finland were still competitive despite years of mediocrity at the Junior level.

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