Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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11-27-2012, 10:04 PM
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Perhaps you are right but I disagree with the "TON" part. While the U.S. will be great in 2014, in 2018 (assuming the pros play) almost ALL of their offensive talent will be over the age of 30. The U.S. has a ton of defensive talent on the horizon but nothing up front.
Having said that, the Russian team will be more than a little old in the tooth in 2018 as well.
In 2014, Canada, the U.S. and Russia will be the teams to beat.
In 2018, it will be Canada, Sweden and Findland.
Russia struggled a bit with production of top talent between 2006 and 2009, esp. with death of Cherepanov (R.I.P.) but they are right back at it now. They've now fielded 3 very deep offensive teams in WJC and even more coming for 94, 95 and 96 born players. We've now went from barely finding players good enough for WJC to having up to 50 players competing for spots, and it's pretty fierce for some positions.
There are going to be 70-80 minor pro junior teams next year, probably split between two leagues. I think they are on the brink of surpassing the talent production of Canada, if they haven't already. The countries population and the speed of expansion, and the fact that it's becoming the #1 sport in the country is already visible for those who follow jrs. This time around, there are no limitations of communism in developing professionals either (like CSKA Red Army limitations in USSR)
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