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10-21-2013, 10:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
Another obvious reason there would be more depth players from the US, is just the plain fact that there are now 30 teams and more jobs than in the early 90's and the roles of the 3rd and 4th lines were also really transformed in the 90's and beyond.
The NHL was at 28 teams in 98-99 and the same trend holds true from 00-01 with 30 teams until now as well.

As for the US peaking in talent in the early 90's there is very little evidence of this, the US took Canada to overtime in the 10 Olympics and continually have top talent in the NHL.

The result of an international best on best single elimination tournament has absolutely nothing to do with the talent in the day to day NHL.

If it did I would just point out the 1996 World Cup winners as more proof that I'm correct and you're wrong.

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