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12-07-2012, 05:22 PM
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Originally Posted by NyQuil View Post
Well, for the sake of argument, let's use the best WJC squad. (2005)

Here they are along with their immediate NHL totals from the following year.

Is this absolutely non-scientific? Of course, since they were inserted into NHL line-ups with experienced veterans. But for the sake of curiosity, I did it anyway.

Réjean Beauchemin, Winnipeg, MB. - N/A
Jeff Glass, Cochrane, AB. - N/A

Cam Barker, Winnipeg, MB - 1 GP 0 0 0
*Shawn Belle, Edmonton, AB - N/A
*Braydon Coburn, Shaunavon, SK - 9 GP 0 1 1
*Dion Phaneuf, Edmonton, AB - 82 GP 20 29 49
*Brent Seabrook, Tsawwassen, BC - 69 GP 5 27 32
Danny Syvret, Millgrove, ON - 10 GP 0 0 0
Shea Weber, Sicamous, BC - 28 GP 2 8 10

*Patrice Bergeron, Ancienne-Lorette, QC - 81 GP 31 42 73
Jeff Carter, London, ON - 81 GP 23 19 42
Jeremy Colliton, Blackie, AB 19 GP 1 1 2
Sidney Crosby, Halifax, NS 81 GP 39 63 102
Nigel Dawes, Winnipeg, MB N/A
Stephen Dixon, Halifax, NS N/A
Colin Fraser, Surrey, BC N/A
Ryan Getzlaf, Regina, SK - 57 GP 14 25 39
Andrew Ladd, Maple Ridge, BC - 29 GP 6 5 11
Clarke MacArthur, Lloydminster, AB N/A
Corey Perry, Peterborough, ON - 56 GP 13 12 25
Michael Richards, Kenora, ON - 79 GP 11 23 34
Anthony Stewart, Scarborough, ON - 10 GP 2 1 3

* Sophmore year in the NHL

-Not a very competitive looking team, given the amount of NHL inexperience. Could they win -A- game? With some NHL seasoning? I'd still say maybe.
Yeah, first problem is that you have either Glass or Beauchemin in nets against a team of NHL players. Second of all, it takes the sophmore years of those defensemen to make it look like they might have been up to the job of anchoring top pairings against NHL squads (without help of veteran NHLers, like you said) a year or two earlier (as in, not just their rookie season, but actually the year before that - as juniors). Third of all, that Crosby-led team finished top among junior teams, but the very next year a Crosby-led NHL team finished last in the East. Level of competition is obviously a huge step up - insurmountably so, imo, even for that year's (or this year's) WJC squad, let alone "in general". But again, lastly, these rosters wouldn't remain healthy and intact enough to eventually eek out a win unless the game had a severe slant in officiating.

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