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Canadian Junior Teams - 2007 vs 2009, Who Wins?

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10-10-2012, 11:03 PM
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Canadian Junior Teams - 2007 vs 2009, Who Wins?

If the 2007 Team Canada played against the 2009 Team Canada in a Best-of-7 series, who wins and why?

I'd have to say the 2007 team in 6, With Price in between the pipes and guys like Toews, Neal, Letang, Bourdon and Marc Staal leading the way, I think they'd overpower the likes of Eberle, Tavares, Hodgson, Myers, Aulie and Tokarski in goal.

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Wow... Great question... I go with 2007 as well but it is close. Very close.

As for why... Just a gut feeling.

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2009 for me. Key difference is offensive firepower.

Looking back at 07 you can see the names: Toews, Downie, Marchand, Neal, Cogliano, Little, Gagner, but at the time, the only established junior players were Toews and Downie.

09: Tavares, Eberle, Hodgson, Kane, Ennis, Boychuck, in addition to the dynamic blue line of Subban, Ellis

Defensively the 07 would be much stronger, but I just dont see how guys like Parent and Staal would be able to contain the 09 team's depth, when you look at the teams 4th line: Sonne, Ennis, Benn

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I'll go with 2007 because of Price. 2007 has a much better group of defencemen and 2009 has much better forwards, but Price is way above Tokarski. I can't imagine a series like this going less than 6.

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I favor 07 because of Price but 09 is better everywhere else IMO.

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I would go with the 2009 team because they had the much better Forwards. There is no doubt that Carey Price was very good on the 2007 team, however put any other Goalie with them and chances are they put up the same numbers as Price.

Justin Pogge let in a few less goals on the 2006 team compared to Jeff Glass on the 2005 team which some have called our best World Junior team ever. However a great World Juniors for a Goalie doesn't mean having a superstar NHL career, because we know Pogge and Glass are not even on NHL rosters anymore.

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I would go with the 2009 team because they had the much better Forwards. There is no doubt that Carey Price was very good on the 2007 team, however put any other Goalie with them and chances are they put up the same numbers as Price.

Justin Pogge let in a few less goals on the 2006 team compared to Jeff Glass on the 2005 team which some have called our best World Junior team ever. However a great World Juniors for a Goalie doesn't mean having a superstar NHL career, because we know Pogge and Glass are not even on NHL rosters anymore.
There is a reason that Price was the MVP in his tournament and those guys weren't even named best goaltender in their respective years. Price was the best Canadian goaltender at the WJC in recent memory.

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I think I'd choose the 2007 team.

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