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11-30-2012, 09:53 AM
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Originally Posted by LeafDangler View Post
It was a good discussion until that crappy argument from authority.

Last year Nail Yakupov played 7 games for Russia. 3 against Swi, Lat and Slov (inferior talent). 4 against Swe, Cze, Can and Swe. He finished with 0 goals, 9 assists, + 4 and a silver medal. He was later drafted #1 overall and is the consensus best player from the draft to this day.

What did that WJC performance really tell us about Nail Yakupov as an elite NHL forward and what implications did it have on his draft stock? I would argue very little in comparison to his seasons with Sarnia. Ryan Murray is also an excellent example as well.

Toting the hype from NHL analysts with a vested interest in pimping the WJC carries very little weight with me and I would posit that neither you nor I really knows much at all about what emphasis scouts put on the WJC.
Ever been present at an international hockey event?

Like A WJC, Ivan Hlinka, or U-18/17 WC?

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