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12-31-2012, 03:18 PM
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Melrose Munch
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Originally Posted by Wings View Post
I don't really buy the 'diluted talent pool' thing. As the world's population grows, and number of registered hockey players grows, wouldn't you think the size of the world's hockey talent pool is steadily increasing? The number of registered hockey players grew by 50,000 last year.

http://www.iihf.com/home-of-hockey/n...html?tx_ttnews[backPid]=10&cHash=e9cb081d53

And when you consider that today's athletes are constantly evolving...with better training, nutrition, and sheer size, speed and athleticism than ever before, I feel the 'diluted talent pool' view, is a view through rose-colored glasses. I honestly feel that if a decent-to-good NHL team, say a team like the Predators, time-warped back to the mid-90's, they'd probably be a cup contender. Because I feel the average player is better...not worse when you put all the pieces together. Just IMHO.
In canada the rate of registration is not keeping oup with pop growth.

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