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12-30-2003, 11:02 AM
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Originally Posted by deandebean
And, I might add, while they comprise only 35 p. cent or so of all the players in the NHL right now.

Easy to figure out, I think.
No, it isn't. Some facts:

-Canada produces more top level talent than any other country.

-Canada produces by far the most top defensemen, goalies and checking line players

To say "These days, the best individual players, technically speaking, are europeans. Crosby will be the great exception" is not only false but completely selling Canadian talent short. Crosby will be the exception? The same way Nash, Heatley, Fleury, Staal, Horton, etcetera were exceptions? Crosby may wind up being better than all of them, but Canada has top level, game-breaking talent that is drafted every year. You make it sound like Crosby will be the exception to the rule that Canada can't produce talent.

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