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11-29-2012, 12:12 PM
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Originally Posted by saskriders View Post
I think we can all agree that development, and therefore success, is cyclical. Where would you place each of the major national teams? Who is at a peak? Who is in a valley? Who is declining? Who is on the rise?
I don't think it applies to the major national team. There are of course generational talents like Datsyuk or Crosby. When they are gone, they are hard to replace even on a national team. And as we have the luxury of having Datsyuk, Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Malkin in Russia right now there is a chance of having some vacuum on offence after the 2014 Olympics. But behind those superstars there is always a pipline of talent for the NT good anough tio deliver some high level rosters. At least for the top 6 nations in hockey. Below that it's different.

I'm surprised the Swiss can't really make the jump. There's talk now for years how they should close the gap to the top nations.

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