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05-23-2013, 11:08 AM
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Gaps
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Originally Posted by ElHefe View Post
I'm pretty sure the team Finland will look very much better on paper in 2018 than 2014. There are so many young players coming Granlund, Armia, Vatanen and Barkov leading the new generation. I'm sure not all of them will reach their potential, but some definetly will. We can only wait to see what the future holds.
Also, not reaching their potential (= not make it big in the NHL) doesn't mean they won't be useful for the NT. We don't need to have the best roster on paper (not necessarily even top 3) to succeed internationally, not even when it's a best-on-best tournament. Torino and the 2004 World Cup are good examples. Team play will always be Finland's strength. The key is to produce a bunch of players that aren't too far from the absolute best. If the gap is small enough, nothing's impossible. For example, I think Miro Aaltonen's more likely to become a KHL star than a big time NHLer, but he has qualities that I'm sure the Finnish NT can use in the future.

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