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12-30-2013, 02:42 PM
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Junior Players

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Originally Posted by Hardyvan123 View Post
The truth of the matter is that goaltending at the very least was on a different level in the 80's, just look at the video and defensive systems weren't as good as preventing goals as they would be in the mid 90's and beyond, yet some people deny these changes or claim there is less talent which has almost zero evidence to back up that position.

Just go watch a major junior hockey game and watch the skating then go back to an early 80's NHL game and see the difference, or really lack of it for the most part.
Previously your analogy was with midget players. So it seems the quality of midget players has gone down.

Check the number of juniors in the NHL now or any season dating back to the start of the 18 year old NHL Entry Draft or previously - Bobby Orr, Henri Richard, Larry Hillman, amongst others. Some like Orr, Henri Richard were elite skaters - at the level, or better than their contemporary NHL elders.

Conversely you have always had elders in the game performing at an elite level, Jagr, Recchi, Chelios alone since the 2005-06 season. Not one of them skating at the elite junior level but quite capable of playing NHL hockey.

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