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12-31-2012, 09:14 AM
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Originally Posted by Bomber0104 View Post
Umm...yeah. You try telling that to the players on these teams. To them, they don't know the difference and are out there for one reason and one reason only. To win and to be a big part of that.

You're blurring the elements here.

Any scout worth his salt understands that MacKinnon has been a victim of depth moreso than Seth Jones. They are aware of this just as much if not more than you or I.

I dont think this tournament is a be all end all for scouting conclusion but it is one piece of the puzzle.
He's not really wrong on what the tournament is. Yeah its about winning but its also all the things he said. Patriotism is huge, just like the olympics. That's one of the reasons guys want to win so badly.

And its totally about finances and marketing. It helps whoever is hosting it , not only for the monetary value of hosting it (short term tourism type benefits) but also for raising awareness about said city/country. Add in sponsors and you have more financial reasons for the tourney.

Plus it easily adds marketing elements for players. Look to eberle for a perfect example of it.

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