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01-08-2013, 08:47 AM
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Originally Posted by bowline View Post
If you could have used all eligible players in the US for the 2003-04 WJC, the US team would have been
serious competition for the 2004-05 Canadian team.

G - Howard

D - Wisniewski - Byfuglien
Suter - Stuart
Hunwick - Carle


F - Parise - Pavelski - Callahan
Booth - Kesler - Eaves
Brown - Stastny - Backes
Boyle - Dowell - Miller

Canada gets the clear advantage in 3rd D pairing and 4th line, but everywhere else is very competitive
I like Canada overall obviously but they aren't rolling over that 2003-04 squad, no way.
I would guess that if we started doing these "what-if" scenarios, there would be some pretty amazing Team Canadas that were never assembled that we could look at and say the same. Maybe some that on paper would even look like they would crush the 2005 team, I am guessing. If you look at Crosby alone, he was not able to play in this tournament in his two oldest years. How dominant would he have been as a 19 year old? Wow, to consider it...

The truth is, speculation is just...speculation. There have been a number of paper teams that looked like sure things that failed miserably (Team Canada 2013 comes to mind, if we need a recent reference). It is what a team manages to do when it is ACTUALLY put together that counts. The 2005 team had chemistry AND unbelievable talent, and they put it all together for the most dominant victory that I have seen since I started watching this tournament closely in 1992.

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