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02-17-2014, 09:28 AM
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Originally Posted by Rob View Post
Where is German talent at compared to 10 years or 20 years ago?
From an outsiders perspective it seems that German hockey has always remained at the same level.
I'm probably not qualified to answer the question, since I only started to follow hockey more closely about 5-6 years ago.
But I tend to agree that nothing, or very little has changed.
Draisaitl is definitely an aberration and should not be misconstrued as a sudden emergence of Germany as a hockey nation.

I do think that some things have improved lately, and more teams put a little more effort into the development of youth players. That might slightly improve the depth of solid players in Germany, but in no way, shape or form will it take us to the next level.

I think Denmark and Norway will soon leave us behind just as Switzerland did.

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