Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-07-2012, 11:48 AM
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It is "best on best". Not of the whole countries population, but of the junior age players.
Its the best "junior age" players, the ones who have not reached the peak of their professional careers, like reaching the NHL, and in many cases the top level pro leagues in their respective countries. Pretty much every country has a U-20 program where the best junior aged players play. Its a showcase of the countries' best young hockey players.
So yes, it is best on best. The best junior aged players vs. the best junior aged players.
You can call it that if you like, but it shouldn't have any impact on an overall judgement of a team's world ranking.
The pool of players is artificially constrained within a specific range.
Given that a team is only comprised of ~18 players, the smaller countries are able to field competitive teams when the full range of adult-aged players is allowed.
As it is, smaller countries, like Finland, or the Czech Republic, or Slovakia, are generally much more inconsistent at the WJCs because of the impact of that constraint on available players is magnified by the smaller pool of players to draw from.
It doesn't reward overall national skill level as much as national hockey depth.
Which is why you typically see one of the four largest countries win the gold every year.
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