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01-05-2013, 03:51 PM
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Originally Posted by Stephen View Post
I'm not sure if I really agree with that. The US is putting out fantastic talent these days, but is the current group in the NHL and prospects waiting in the wings surpassing the 1996 World Cup generation? A few years ago after the lockout ended, we had a whole crop of American prospects who looked like they'd be world beaters. Erik Johnson, Kyle Okposo, Al Montoya, Peter Mueller, etc all kind of faded away.
Well I did say I dont think they are there yet but they certainly are closing on Canada, Russia and Sweden who have traditonally been superior hockey nations. They probably surpassed Finland and Czechs...I'd say we are still the best overall but not by much.

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