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12-04-2012, 02:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Atas2000 View Post
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.
The curse of a well paying domnestic league. A lot of players, who could make it in NA, don't want to take the risk to be sent to the AHL. They earn much more over here, have the star status, relatively low taxes and a great quality of life.

But more and more guys start to go to NA at a very young age (Nino, Baertschi, Andrighetto, Martschini (came back, though), Richard, etc.), which is a good sign.

We are still rising, but not in a spectacular way. And the last few tournaments have shown that we are able to outplay many teams, but winning the game is a whole different story.

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