How would Canada U20 do against a bottom NHL team?
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12-07-2012, 12:07 PM
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: North Vancouver
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I don,t agree that a top place American team would get crushed by a last place NHL team!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Why? Even if the farm team was from a stacked NHL roster, the chances are that the farm team has AHL vets who just aren't good enough to play in the NHL and a few young developing players that need seasoning before making the jump. Don't forget that even with talented young players, very few step straight into the NHL and produce anywhere near their peak. For every Crosby who gets 100 points, there are 100+ Joe Thornton types who get 7. Seriously, how often do AHL call ups join the team mid season and produce anywhere near what the top players on the NHL club do? Some AHL teams look a little better right now as they have a few young players playing for them that would likely be in the NHL if the lockout was over. Abbotsford Heat are the number one AHL team right now. If the NHL was on, Bartschi would be with the Flames. No one on that roster even has a PPG in the AHL. How would they score on an NHL goalie. Put them up against the last place Oilers and they would thrash them. Before you say that Oklahoma has a worse record with 5-6 Oilers on it, don't bother. The other 3 lines and NHL goaltending that the Oilers would ice is vastly superior to the Heat's roster. Also look at how many points the top 4 in Oklahoma have compared to the Heat.
What is your obsession with this inter league comparison anyways? Just bored with no hockey to watch?
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