Originally Posted by BRAY88
HAHA Canadian hockey isnt as good as we thought, the world is catching up! I blame it on the stupid eh oh canada go...saying so stupid, the Raptors
are the team canadians should be following at this point, hockey is not working out
Only people who know next to nothing about hockey think Canada is way ahead of the pack in a tournament like this. Canada has more depth than most nations, but at the Olympics, all you need is 3 lines of quality NHL talent and a great goalie to stand a chance at winning the Gold.
When it comes to depth, Canada still is ahead of the pack by quite a margin, and that's why Canada is still quite dominant at the World Junior tournament. Again, anybody who knows anything about hockey recognizes that. At the Juniour level, you have to draw talent from a 3 year age range, but at the Olympics you can pull players from an age range of 15-18 years between the youngest and oldest. Thus, your country just needs to produce 1 or 2 good NHL calibre players per year, in order to have the talent pool to field a competitive Olympic team. Canada could field 5 or 6 quality Olympic teams.
Originally Posted by jeffb
They've caught up. They were catching up
No. Russia caught up to Canada 30 years ago, but many other countries hadn't caught up until the late 90s. What you see in international hockey is similar to what you see in international basketball, except what's happening in hockey took place a little earlier than basketball, since euros entered the NHL earlier than they did the NBA.
Right now, a number of teams can challenge the Americans in basketball in a 1 game elimination tournament. Nothing is easy for the Americans now. If they don't send their best, they'll have trouble winning a medal. In Basketball, the US has the deepest talent pool, but the gap between their best TEAM and other countries' best teams, is not that great. As the years pass, european basketball teams are just going to get deeper and deeper. The same might apply to the big South American countries, like Brazil and Argentina.