1.quality of our prospects is improving,for example for 2014 we have 2 possible 1st round talents and several 2nd /3rd round talents,i wont go into details,thats why there is section "latvian prospects" by this i mean there is a clear progress to have high hopes for future
2. I dont see any improvent in GB hockey,small number of rinks,almost no exposure and lack of popularity,also small number of reg. Players for country with 60 mil. ppl
You're always going to take lots of penalties against a superior team
Not always. A half decade or more ago (I can't remember) we had a very well disciplined hockey team, not necessarily good, but a well disciplined one. And we even managed to be one of the top or top team with least penalty minutes during a World Championship (can't remember the year). That changed soon. Now we are back on making penalties all the time, especially on teams like Canada, Finland, who simply punish you for every folly you make. I believe discipline was very strong in 2009, when we beat Sweden. The key success of weaker teams is a completely stoic gameplay.