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12-03-2012, 11:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
Well that's just it, Russia's and USSR strength in prior years has always been players who matured early and played in RSL/2nd teams (also vs professionals). I'm talking about Kovalchuk, Ovechkin, Afinogenov, Mogilny, Bure and even Bragin year teams (late 70's). If you know the history of these teams, you will know that there was no junior league in Russia before, and nearly all youths played with professionals (for the 2nd teams). And we know that Russians have historically won A LOT of WJC tournaments this way.

The drop came after the 05, which as we know was a disastrous production year for Russian hockey and the severe negligence of the 90's was at fault.

There are a ton of interviews from WJC coaches stating that preference is always given to KHL players for obvious reasons.
you also have to remember the 2011 team should have been ousted in the quarters by finland. that team has 2 players by the names of tarasenko and kuznetsov which are game changers. they put the team on their shoulders much like cherepanov (rip no disrespect) couldnt do, filatov couldnt do.. i just think sometimes they have a chip on their shoulders towards players that go to n.a that is stupid and hurts the team.

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