If pros were always allowed at the Olympics...
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02-19-2013, 12:07 PM
Join Date: Feb 2002
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Unfortunately for you the time immediately after the fall of the USSR proves that this is not true. From 1987 to 1991 the USSR had tremendous team success. They played great at the '87 Canada Cup, won the '88 (and '92) Olympics, won the '89 and '90 World Championships, won the '89 World Juniors, finished second in the '88, '90, '91 WJC and had great success in the NHL Super Series. All this would suggest to the less educated that man for man the Soviets were equal or better than anyone else. However those who know better realize that gauging individual talent based on team success is extremely difficult.
The only way to reliably measure individual talent is by having players play for a prolonged period against each other
under equivalent conditions, such as the case when playing in the NHL.
Immediately following the fall of the USSR virtually every Soviet player who could get a job in the NHL came over to North America. The individual NHL stats speak for themselves. There were some great Soviet trained players, but they represented only a fraction of those from Canada and after all why wouldn't that be the case? Canada always had way more people playing the game, so it kind of makes sense that that is how it would be.
We've been through this a million times.
Soviets and Canadians never played under equivalent conditions in the NHL. That's why a guy like Jimmy Carson was a better NHLer than both Krutov and Makarov, but in no universe was he ever a better hockey player.
But, hey, if it fits your NA-centic agenda, Jimmy Carson>>>KLM!
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