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12-11-2012, 12:05 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
what do you think about almost ALL of them playing in the KHL?
The KHL allows guys to play at a much younger age, but few if any are impact players on their squads.

As for Lessy claiming 6 guys could be in top six roles in the NHL, that's ridiculous. Only RNH is guaranteed. Most of the guys he is probably talking about are centers, which have a tough time transitioning immediately into the top two lines. Maybe Strome, since the Islanders are weak. Other than that, I don't see it.

The two junior programs have played the summer tournament and SSS. They are pretty even. Claiming one is clearly superior is silly. I give the edge to Russia based on number of returning players, home & international ice, and goaltending. Subban hasn't had the chance to change that last part, but may in Ufa.

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