Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 03:43 PM
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J17 Vs Proclamation
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.
I must be missing something here? Canada has won twice.
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