Jeremy Richards Asked: Is anyone else worried Canada is falling behind Russia in terms of star forwards and quality prospec

If anyone has paid attention to what Russia is producing it's alarming for me as a Canadian hockey fan.

Vladimir Tarasenko, Evgeny Kuznetsov, Nail Yakupov, Mikhail Grigorenko, Nikita Kucherov,

Along with Ovechkin, Datsyuk, Kovalchuk, Malkin, Semin.

I mean who does Canada have? Sidney Crosby, Steven Stamkos?

Canada has been falling behind in terms of producing mega superstars the last couple of years it seems.

Yeah ok sure there is Tyler Seguin, Taylor Hall, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Jeff Skinner, Matt Duchene, John Tavares, Ryan Strome, Jonathan Huberdeau, Ryan johansen, Sean Couturier but they are all just potential at this point.

When I think of electrifying, Dynamic, sick moves, crazy one on one dangling that this country has, the only hockey player that comes to mind is Claude Giroux and boy oh boy is he ever a wizard with the puck.

It sickens me that Washington has Kuznetsov waiting in the pipeline and have Colorado's 1st round pick with the potential to pick Galchenyuk, Grigorenko or Yakupov.

It's going to make it that much harder for Sidney Crosby to compete for the Art Ross in the future, I mean who does he have to work with, Neal? Letang?

This country is long overdue for a centenial type talent of Gretzky or Lemieux's calibre.

Crosby and Stamkos is not enough.

I would argue Stamkos is the best goal scorer in the NHL and that Crosby is the best player in the world but still we're being left behind in terms of superstar power behind Russia.

Lets hope that Mackinnon kid is something special.


Scarlet Answered:
Who cares canada is still owned by england.

House Answered:
A lot of the Russian prospects you named have not proven themselves either. I am content with the players Canada develops. I'm also open to more Russian players making the NHL, it adds a level of diversity and excitement to the game.

Will Answered:
Really? You're going to name all of these no-name prospects and two canadians? Semin is the most lazy guy on the ice, Kovalchuk has been absolutely unproductive for the last few years, Malkin is taking plenty of injuries, and Ovechkin is currently struggling. If anything, America is producing more star power.

Want some canadian names for your list?

Drew Doughty
Shea Weber
Ryan Getzlaf
Corey Perry
Milan Lucic
Eric Staal
Jonathan Toews
Pat Sharp
Duncan Keith
Brent Seabrook
Matt Duchene
Jeff Carter
Rick Nash
Jamie Benn
Jordan Eberle
Mike Richards
Cal Clutterbuck
P.K. Subban
Brent Burns
Andrew Ladd
Evander Kane

Oh right, there's goalies too:
Cam Ward
Carey Price
Marc Fleury
Corey Crawford
James Reimer

And that's not listing who you listed, and I bet I'm missing some. A lot have proven themselves. Some clearly have futures ahead of them. But they're all making an impact on the NHL right now, they're all Canadian, and they're some of the best in the world.

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