Has Russia overtaken the #1 spot in World Hockey?
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12-13-2012, 12:38 PM
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Based on WJC results, seems like small countries are always having a weak year of development.
This shouldn't be that hard to figure out. If a smaller nation typically produces only 2 or 3 "good" players a year they are usually going to have a pretty thin roster when it comes to tournaments with age restrictions that require countries to select players from only 2 or 3 birth years. At the senior level producing 2 or 3 "good" players a year is going to give a country a pool of at least 30 players to select from which is more than enough to put together a decent team.
The country that produces dozens (even hundreds) of "good" players a year is still going to have a more talented team at the senior level but the smaller country will have closed the gap considerably.
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