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11-29-2012, 08:19 AM
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Sweden's peak ended 2006, went down the valley, but is definitely on the rise. Around 2018(give or take a few years), Sweden should be approaching the peak again.

With genererational(nation-wise) talent calling it quits, the new promising talent is still too young to cover the losses at this point. There are some good "stop gap" players(e.g. Edler, Enström and Eriksson), but almost all countries have those(Koivu, Filppula for Finland etc.). In 2014 we'll be relying on mentioned players plus Sedins and Zetterberg who are well over 30. The young, but great D core is just that, young. Especially the new crop of forwards needs more time, however. By 2018 we should have a balanced team. A couple of veterans with the rest of the team stretching from early 20s to early 30s.

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