That's comparing a country with a self-sustaining system to a country without one. The Slovak senior league and the Junior League are terrible, that's why their worst years are far worse than the worst Czech years. The worst Czech years 08 and 09 produced 3 picks each, last year only produced 4 and the year before that they produced over 10 so there wasn't ever really a sustained dip in Czech performance. The Slovak Senior league needs to be raised to a level at or above the DEL, the Junior League to a level at or above the Czech U20, in order to be competitive with the top 6. A few new academies aren't going to do that. It may produce a few more higher end prospects, but until the Slovak system is ready to sustain itself again it's not going to be top 6. But there's way more organizational infrastructure in the Slovak system, with Czech ties, Slovan, and a wider base of agents, so they should be able to get back on their feet and clear countries like Latvia which are kinda riding a high wave which doubles as a precipice.