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04-04-2013, 11:59 AM
Darth Yoda
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Originally Posted by Finnpin View Post
Luck? It's Finland you are talking about, we are like Donald Ducks

One of the biggest reason of the Finnish success is good goaltender coaches and maybe the Finnish mentality suits well for a goalie.

Also guys like Bäckström, Rinne and Niemi were quite late bloomers/signings to NHL. Nobody outside Finland didn't knew much about these guys untill they went to NA. So that said... having a better prospects now doesn't necessarily mean one nation will be having better top front goalies in the future.
I dont have any doubt Finland had better knowledge about how to produce top-end goalies, but i must say that the late bloomer part in your post might point to some level of luck there as well.
If you dont keep just as lucky, and we're producing the better young talents, Sweden is bound to surpass Finland in the goalie department.

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