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12-16-2012, 08:37 PM
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Originally Posted by SOLR View Post
Your argument makes no sense to me. WJC caliber is a lot stronger than your argue it is. Theres just not that much of a big jump between WJC top 4-6 teams and the NHL. Most of these teams have guys ready for the NHL and ready for top 6 duty in the NHL. Huberdeau and Scheifele (and Strome) are 2(3) others NHL players...the Russian first line is pretty much the same.
They are sheltered NHL players. Even Nugent-Hopkins last year was given very soft minutes and matchups so as to not overwhelm him in his first NHL season. If you think Scheifele and Strome are true stand alone top six NHLers, I'd say take a look at what Niederreiter did to this tournament and then was thrown in the deep in with the Islanders. Or how about Josh Bailey? The Islanders have thrown their prospects into the deep end and shown that when you do that with 18 to 19 year old kids they often suck down more water than is healthy.

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