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HF Article 06-30-2013 01:45 PM

NHL Draft may be just out of reach for 2013 Swiss prospects

It has been a strong season for Swiss hockey. Not only did they reach the quarterfinals at both the junior and senior levels, but they even managed, for the first time in almost a century, to be the runner-up for the senior World Championship title. But this recent and unexpected success does not mean that everything in the junior development system is rosy, and that Switzerland will produce NHL-caliber prospects for the next decade.

Thanks to a solid school and sports system, Switzerland can hold up with the top European nations until the under-16 level. While the other nations are making big progress for the next couple of years towards professionalism, Switzerland is not able to hold up that pace and is letting that gap between the top nations and top talents grow and grow.… read more


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