Swiss showed: NHL, KHL, SHMHL don't matter, you need a team
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05-19-2013, 06:08 AM
King of the Hiller
Join Date: Dec 2011
I can see where some posters are coming from: You don't win anything with chemistry alone but no talent. On the other hand, you won't win if your team is not a "team" but only a group of talented players that was randomly put together.
Concerning the quality of the Swiss players: Not knowing about most of the Swiss players is more a sign of ignorance from other fans than an indicator for the quality of the Swiss players. I won't say they are the best. There are better players out there, no question. But it's not like there are only unskilled grinders on that team. Those are all very good, skilled hockey players playing in one of the best leagues in Europe. Guys like Niederreiter, Hollenstein, Cunti, Suri, Plüss or Moser are all players that can make a difference in international competition, not because of their teamplay but because of their individual abilities.
And honestly, who cares about talent on a team if that talent doesn't win anything? IMO that's the opinion of bitter losers. "butbutbut we are more talented!!!" I'd rather have our maybe less talented NLA players win gold or silver than a bunch of NHL divas not winning anything. In the end, the winners are those who have actually won and not those who were more talented. But that goes the other way as well: If you put up a good fight but didn't have the talent to win it, then you don't win. This was many times the case for Switzerland in the last few years.
You need a balanced relationship of both. For a long time, Switzerland was imbalanced towards team. Now the talentpool is catching up and it's finally going to show. But to be clear: Of course this year is an outlier. Switzerland won't compete for the gold medal all the time from now on. But it is expected to make the quarterfinals for sure and to put up a good fight for the semifinals on a more regular basis.
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