Are the Americans going to overtake hockey in our lifetime?
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12-03-2012, 01:40 AM
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I don't think the Olympics proves much at all. The Olympics is an incredibly unpredictable format where a single game can dictate the results of an entire tournament. A great golatending performance or a lucky goal, at just the right time, can be the difference between playing for a medal and finishing seventh.
Canada's top-end talent is significantly ahead of the US and the quality of their depth is nowhere near close. If you were to combine Canada and the US's rosters, for an Olympics tournament, I think only a few skaters from the States would make the team (Parise, Kane, Suter, and Kesler). Americans have the clear edge in goaltending but Canada's edge on forward and defense tips the scales very unfavorably for the US. The best forward on the US is probably sixth or seventh on Canada's depth chart and Suter is the only defenseman who I would take over any of Canada's top seven.
Canada's B-team would have players like Seguin, Hall, RNH, Getzlaf, Thornton, St. Louis, Lecavalier, Iginla, Sharp, Lucic, Burrows, Phaneuf, Subban, Green, Staal, etc.
Now, try and make a US B-team.
^caught up too much in semantics...
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