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12-07-2012, 06:00 PM
Join Date: Jan 2005
Stereotypes are easy.
Canada - all competitive, do anything to win, will cheat if necessary
US - fast, skilled, poor losers
Russia - individually skilled, teams of them are a gong show
Czech Republic - the opposite of Russia, they play a system no matter who is on the ice
Finland - all heart, little skill
Slovakia - some skill, some heart, not enough of either
Sweden - lots of skill, content to medal, no matter what the colour
In reality, it's a lot more muddled.
Ultimately, my favorite players usually end up as the Swedes.
You give a Swedish player 4-6 years in the NHL and they blend the competitiveness and the physicality with their homegrown talent to emerge as superb two-way talents with a certain degree of class and leadership potential.
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