Swedes in the CHL draft
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06-30-2009, 11:47 AM
Join Date: Jan 2003
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The CHL draft doesnt really concern players aged 18-22 though... It's 16 year olds like Landeskog (probably), and before that Wallén who leaves despite really good odds of getting ice time in the SEL at 18-22.
CHL is 17 to 20 though.
Talented 18-22 y/o's not quite good enough to play for SEL clubs usually go out on loan to Allsvenskan, so in a way there is already a solution to that problem.
we're talking about landeskog here, aren't we? he's an exceptional talent. i think he's in the NHL with 18 anyway. so why do you even care about him leaving? the best players will always leave early. a good youth program always produces that kind of talent too, but it's not that there are only landeskogs. DIF also produces guys like henrik eriksson. and he won't leave DIF anytime soon.
so where's the problem?
landeskog has to move to the CHL to get a chance at playing NHL early. if he'd stay with DIF they would either force him to sign a longer contract or if he refuses then they treat him like urbom. so he has no choice.
there will always be a few guys who enjoy eduction in a foreign country and move over, but the majority stays in sweden as long as they get a chance to develop.
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