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12-08-2012, 07:39 AM
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Dynamo81
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Originally Posted by Zine View Post
Well, you must have been watching a different 2010 olympics then.

Of course the KHL doesn't have elite NHL calibre players (apart from Radulov), but that doesn't mean they can't compete against the NHL's best. It happens all the time in olympic and WC competition. Germany (DELers), Switzerland (NLAers), Slovakia (large contingent of KHLers) regularly play the NHLs best very close (and sometimes achieve victory).
The NHL is NOT so far ahead whereby they make other league's elites players look like they're skating in mud. That's ridiculous.

As for Radulov/Morozov, I think Radulov could be a regular contenter for top 30 NHL point producer. Morozov (in his prime) could've been a 1st line NHL talent if the NHL was played on big ice.....but of course they're not a Kharlamov or Makarov.
What people seem to forget is the Russian Roster at the 2006 Olympics had more RSL (KHL whatever ) players than in the 2010 Olympics. Russia knocked out Canada (2-0), won against the USA (5-4) and won against eventual gold medal winners Sweden (5-0). Rink size may have been a factor in 2010 but it is very unfair to rip on that KHL line, Bykov got a lot wrong in 2010 from team selection to tactics.

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