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Beacon 01-07-2013 08:06 PM

Best Hockey League After The NHL
I'd like to do a poll on what league the people here consider to be the best outside of the NHL.

1. KHL: the most high-end talent, but the least depth.
2. AHL: the most depth, but not a huge amount of high-end talent.
3. SEL: somewhere between the two European leagues.

I assume that nobody considers the other leagues (Finnish, Czech, Swiss) competitive with these three.

HOW TO RANK: What would happen if every team in the 3 leagues played against each other? Which league's teams would rack up the most points.

Mittelstadt Nemesis 01-07-2013 08:09 PM

Top to bottom, in the order that you put them.

Beacon 01-07-2013 08:22 PM

If there's one league that suffered from the development of the RSL/KHL in Russia, it is the AHL. There was a time not so long ago when North America had two great leagues: AHL and IHL. These were the two best leagues outside of the NHL.

The rise of the Russian hockey leagues (RSL, which was re-named and expanded into the KHL) and the sudden respectability of Czech and Swiss hockey leagues made all the European talent leave our minor leagues. The Russians and other East Europeans used to make more money in the AHL or the IHL than their home leagues. Not anymore.

North American minor league hockey is a shell of what it was just a dozen years ago.

nyr2k2 01-07-2013 08:30 PM

1. KHL
2. Elitserien
3. AHL

SM-liiga is up there with the SEL, too.

Mittelstadt Nemesis 01-07-2013 08:31 PM

You're going to have guys going where the wages are, a lot of the time. A lot of players want to play in the best league in the world, but if you're European (And North American, in some cases) and haven't cut it in the NHL, getting decent wages in a career in the KHL is far superior to making 150k in the AHL.

There are some people who would be averse to living in Russia, and if you're North American its a long way from home, but that number is less than for the people who realize they can have a hockey life earnings of 1 million or 15 million.

Kokoschka 01-08-2013 06:16 AM

KHL is the next best, the issue there however is, that after teams like Dynamo Moscow, CSKA, Ska, Traktor, Ak Bars, Avangard and Magnitka, which I think could be competitive playing NHL teams, there's a HUGE gap. The bottom teams like Yugra or Ekatrinburg would not be good enough for the AHL. No parity at all.

CharlestownChiefsESC 01-08-2013 08:19 AM


Originally Posted by Beacon (Post 57261547)

I assume that nobody considers the other leagues (Finnish, Czech, Swiss) competitive with these three.


I wouldnt discount the finnish league, it is also pretty good, the only reason its looked over is that finland isnt churning out superstars like they used too

Giacomin 01-08-2013 09:26 AM

The Eastern League was the best when the Long Island Ducks played.:)

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