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04-19-2013, 10:48 PM
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Originally Posted by cska78 View Post
the amount is staggering without trying too hard: Barkov, Yashkin, Malgin, Starkov, Trukhno, Levandovskiy, Bykov, Krutov, Galchenyuk, Patzold (sp) and counting....The 90's really cost us the talent pool as well.
If you want ethnic Russians, you don't have to look too far. Many of the Eastern European (former Soviet) countries have large ethnic Russian populations that are into hockey. Kazakhstan, Ukraine, Belarus and Estonia all have a large amount of players of Russian descent on their team. Not to mention guys like Alex Galchenyuk, Leo Komarov and Dmitrij Jaskin who all represent countries outside of Eastern Europe.

A similar thing happens with Canadians who can't make team Canada. Look at the Italian team.

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