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12-06-2012, 12:26 PM
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Fulcrum
 
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Originally Posted by Skobel24 View Post
While I don't think Russia is far behind, I still believe Canada is the #1. If you were to pit the best of the best of these two in a seven game series, it's going to be a close series. However, when you look at the quantity as well as quality produced from Canada, it puts them ahead. Russia has done an amazing job developing some of these young forwards, but I don't believe they're at the same level. Russia is definitely #2 though.
In general, I would agree with that summary.

Looking at the dynamic though, there's no reason why Russia can't push forward and become #1 if they wanted to. Firstofall, they are not far off. The foundation is there, and they really want to and doing a lot to get there.

Truth is, there isn't another other than Russia country with BOTH, the resources AND love for hockey to match, for a while anyway. It could change if US goes nuts over hockey though


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