Homer - Please add a few European forwards into the mix
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03-23-2010, 01:07 PM
Join Date: Mar 2002
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The Flyers were the first NHL team to draft a Russian player, Fred Shero utilized Soviet hockey techniques in his coaching style which led to the first Cup win and there was the situation involving the Stastnys which has been well-documented and eventually involved legal action because the Flyers were committed to bringing them to Philadelphia through defections (the Flyers drafted Anton but an error occured because of his age).
Names like Sinisalo, Lindbergh and Eklund were key parts of the 80s/Keenan teams. Renberg was part of the team's most famous line since Leach-Clarke-Barber. The Flyers had a formula of drafting Canadians, Ontario and western guys particularly at one point and it worked. There wasn't much US drafting either. Even US-born Holmgren, the drafted player, joined the squad, only because his WHA team in Minnesota flopped financially.
The Flyers also employed Inge Hammarstrom for close to 20 years as mainly a Euro scout until the last year or so.. He was one of the few supporters and certainly the most vocal in the drafting of Peter Forsberg and remained in that corner during the trade negotiations. There were misses, too, along the way like when the Flyers drafted Alexander Drozdetsky and Hammarstrom said "not only is this a home run, but he's the next Igor Larionov." Sinisalo now has important scouting duties.
In recent years, guys like Sbisa, Bodrov and Bartulis have been high picks.
Aw, c'mon, why ruin a nice rant with facts and stuff?
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