Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 06:12 PM
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Take a look at the Canadian lineups at the World Championships starting in 2008 through last year. What you see are names of players that are greatly hyped by Canadian and American media (the very media that makes their living by hyping players) as being being stars, and yet their performance against the Russians has been far from inspiring. Guys like Steve Stamkos, Corey Perry, John Tavares and so on have been badly outplayed by Russian teams consisting of largely KHL players whose names you have no doubt never heard.
Pretty misleading information here, and not just when you say that Russia has been badly outplaying Canada at this tournament. Canada generally sends a handful of the best players each year, at best. When Stamkos played he was still a teenager, and fresh after being left off the Olympic team. Tavares wasn't really an elite player who would make the actual team Canada until the last tournament. Perry I will give you, he has actually shown up for Canada for the most part. Unfortunately, he is the exception rather than the rule. The only other player from this last year who would definitely have made Canada is Keith. When you get a Russian team sending out most of their optimal roster against a Canadian team sending maybe three of the players from their optimal roster, you'll have to forgive us for taking the results with a grain of salt.
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