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12-20-2012, 09:17 PM
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Originally Posted by The Point Man View Post
I never understood how playing either for college or major junior would influence the WJC rosters. I mean obviously a majority of the USA team has collegiate players and Canada major junior players, but I think it's a little unfair to not pick a kid cause of where he plays.
Politics and entrenched beliefs are definitely playing into it. The perception is that the NCAA is the weaker development path, and that's why they often pass up players from there that should go.

And it's not limited to just Canada. I seem to remember Urbom getting cut from the Swedish team simply because he offended the powers that be in Swedish hockey by leaving the Swedish junior league to play in the WHL. The coach gave some nonsense excuse about him being too much of an offensive defenceman, but we all knew the real reason.

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