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11-28-2012, 04:12 AM
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J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by KevyD View Post
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.
These projections are nonsense. It's impossible to know what the rosters will look like in 2018. There are players who could play in that tournament that might not even be drafted for a couple of years.

Outside of the obvious lunacy of projecting the teams to beat in 2018 (Especially as the Olympics have proved, all the elite can beat all the elite), why have you picked Finland? The current batch of U-22 and under for Finland is still significantly weaker than it is for Russia.

Kuznetsov, Tarasenko, Grigorenko, Yakupov plus others ... i hardly think Russia will be struggling for elite Forwards come 2018.

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