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03-08-2010, 11:30 AM
Join Date: May 2007
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...He's right though. The last good scandinavian player in the organization is Koivu.
He was drafted over 15 years ago.
Sure if we limit it to Scandinavians, the habs don't have very good European drafting, but that's only a small part of Europe. It's also only fair to point out that Sweeden has suffered a huge decline in how many NHLers it produced since the days when it was turning out Sundin and Forsberg. According to Pierre McGuire it was due to a focus on team hockey at the expense of developing high level individual skills and has changed now.
Also, as an earlier poster pointed out, we haven't spent any high picks on Swedes or Finns since Koivu, so it's hard to fault the drafting failures. And while we may not find swedes, we OWN Belarus from a scouting point of view. Pretty good with the Swiss too.
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