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06-14-2010, 09:03 PM
Tony Piscotta
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In all fairness, these picks, with the exception of Nattinen, were the 109th or later in their respective drafts. Taking a long shot on an international player who may or may not pan out is not much of a gamble and probably makes some sense economically as you avoid having to sign a player to an AHL or ECHL contract unless they develop.

Originally Posted by montreal View Post
From 2000 draft to now, (Sweden/Finland only)
Johan Eneqvist (sweden, '00 109th overall)
Joni Puurula (Finland, '00 243rd overall)
Marrti Jarventie (Finland, '01 109th overall)
Chris Heino-Lindberg (Sweden, '03 177th)
Oskari Korpikari (Finland, '03 217th)
Nichlas Torp (Sweden, '07 163rd)
Joonas Nattinen (Finland, '09 65th)
Petteri Simila (Finland, '09 211th)

Free Agent Signee
Janne Lahti (Finland, signed '07)
Mikhail Johansson (Sweden, signed '09)
Andreas Engqvist (Sweden, signed '09)

So far nothing to show for a decade of drafting, signing players out of Sweden/Finland. Granted we could still see some good things from Nattinen or Engqvist, or Torp. But so far things have not panned out from that area at all.

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