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06-29-2009, 12:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Tormentor View Post
Jarmo Kekдlдinen thinks that Swedes will have a lot of draft picks next year as well: Link to an audio interview (2:23+/5:44)

...So one might think that there could be close to 25 draft picks next year as well, but just by comparing the hype; the players of Hedman's and MPS's caliber are missing at least at the moment. Of course the situation can change if some players start playing regularly in Elitserien or Allsvenskan with good performances. Overall Swedes will face better competition from other European countries next year, so for its own part that might effect the number of Swedes in the first round.
Yes, there are no Hedmans or MPS next season. Pettersson is comparable to Lander, Ohman to Berglund or Backlund, but Ohman is more developed(than Berglund at least).

In 2011 Sweden has at least 2 potential TOP 10 picks though.

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