I'm not here to dump on the World Championships and I understand that especially in Europe it is a very popular tournament and good for hockey there. However with such a great variation in the number of players on each team declining to attend I have never felt that this tournament is a good measure of the depth and quality of each nations men's hockey players (at least not for the top 6 or 7 teams). I feel that league player statistics are a much better measure since the number and frequency of games played is so much higher. For example according to the IIHF rankings Russia is the number one ranked hockey nation in the world right now. Since Russians are best known for their offensive skill I thought a good measure would be the number of top 30 scorers from Russia in the NHL and KHL this season. NHL top 30 scoring this season 1 player - Ovy (this is the lowest number of Russians ever to finish in the top 30 since the fall of the USSR) KHL top 30 scoring this season 10 players from Russia out of 30. (again I believe this is the fewest number of Russians to finish in the top 30 in the history of the KHL / RSL). It seems that despite the IIHF rankings that Russian men's hockey is at an all time low. Hopefully they can bounce back before the next Olympics!!