I admit that I'm a bit biased, but it's still tough to logically argue that Canada is the most dominant country right now in best-on-best tournaments. But the question of who is second best isn't as easy to answer. Sweden is ranked 2nd by the IIHF, but Finland only lost the World Cup by a goal. Russia and Czech Republic are always strong, Slovakia has improved a lot and the US, after winning its first World Junior Gold last year proved showed that their development was improving. I don't want this to turn into a "my country is better than yours" thread. Just looking for some opinions on who the "number one contender" is.