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12-12-2012, 01:27 AM
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Originally Posted by Lessy View Post
The fact that there's an NHL during this tournament makes it a relatively even playing field for the big 4. When there is no NHL Canada has proven that it is not such an even playing field. This year they aren't as loaded as in those last two years but they are still in my opinion quite easily the best team on paper.

Hamilton, RNH, Huberdeau, Scheifele and Strome would all very likely be in the NHL this year (only one here that's debatable is Strome).

Yakupov is very likely the only Russian that would be in the NHL.

In a single elimination tournament anything can happen as we've learned. I'm not saying Canada will steamroll everyone but they are clearly the best on paper.
I'm not sure you can prove anything twice.

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