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04-14-2013, 02:01 PM
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Originally Posted by wings5 View Post
I'm trying to get a feel for the typical traits/skills by hockey nation. Not trying to stereotype and obviously there are many players from these countries who will be different from the norm but there should be a trend in the type of skills. For example :

Russia forwards: ( good skating, excellent stickhandling skills, can beat defenders one on one, lacks ability to play in traffic, average-below average defensive IQ.
The advanced offensive skills attributed to Russian forwards come about largely as a result of the emphasis of training and preparation they receive in Russian hockey schools. The alleged defensive weaknesses are just stereotypes obtained from lazy journalists, who usually form their viewpoints from private conversations with coaches, who may badmouth their Russian players behind their backs.

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