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09-06-2013, 08:15 PM
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Originally Posted by Dennis Bonvie View Post
And yet when Maltsev's team finally played an NHL all-star team they were on even ground.

I can't imagine Maltsev finishing behind Nieuwendyk.
I think one needs to distinguish between any players individual talent and the team system they play in, especially with the early and non NHL Europeans.

Small samples of games and tournaments doesn't really tell us much as the NHLers were literally thrown together while Russian teams trained basically year round and in a total "like soccer" environment as well.

I doubt many people will have Maltsev behind Joe but we know how Joe actually stacked up to the best competition in the world over a long period of time.

Ffor Maltsev, is his scoring against Canada really that much of an indicator of his prowess over Joe?

It's just yet another example of giving a player the benefit of the doubt and putting the other player under the most severe of microscopes.

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