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11-27-2012, 06:40 PM
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Originally Posted by LEAFANFORLIFE23 View Post
but they do have silver medals in 2 of the last 3 olympics and they got a TON of young talent coming
"Young talent coming" isn't now though. Who knows how those players will develop. One of those Silver medals was 10 years ago. The only guys not retired are Poti, Rolston, and York (playing in DEL). Not to mention it wasn't a true best on best, with Slovakia getting screwed out of using their NHLers. Sure 2010 was recent, but they rode a hot goalie, even though that is usually what leads to success in theses short tournaments with the top 7 teams so close, but it doesn't mean you can look at just one tournament to judge the best teams.

Look at their last 10 world championship results
2003 - Finished in 13th place
2004 - Won bronze medal
2005 - Finished in 6th place
2006 - Finished in 7th place
2007 - Finished in 5th place
2008 - Finished in 6th place
2009 - Finished in 4th place
2010 - Finished in 13th place
2011 - Finished in 8th place
2012 - Finished in 7th place

The US is clearly in a valley right now.

That doesn't mean they aren't big 7 or elite or anything like that. Development is cyclical and all national teams go through peaks and valleys. The US is in a valley right now, although it does look like they are heading into a peak in the next few years (although that transition takes a few years to happen when the players transition from junior to pro)

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