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11-29-2012, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by saskriders View Post
I think Russia has pretty much peaked, and is going to start going into a down cycle (but they are at the highest point of the peak so they still have lot's of years left on that peak).

I think that Slovakia is starting to transition from valley to peak.
It sounds like you're not very familiar with Russian hockey below the surface. Russia spent about 13 years in a deep down cycle brought on mostly by deep economic problems that forced hockey programs to be abandoned or deeply cut back, but economic revitalization has coincided with a strong and possibly long-term surge in the number and quality of Russian players. If you are only looking at what is plainly visible on the surface, then you won't see it coming until its on you.

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