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07-23-2010, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Bitterman View Post
With all due respect, the claim of Anglo bias is BS and convenient deflection. The NHL has had no problems whatsoever drafting Europeans, especially Russians who couldn't speak a word of English so long as you had the talent to play.

As for the "quality" you still see in the Q the numbers just don't support it. The number of Quebecers drafted has remained somewhat steady but fewer are good enough to stick in the NHL. With regards to the human factor of drafting within Quebec, a pick looked over and taken much later shouldn't make any difference if they could put up the numbers.

Not sure what your suggesting with Timmins though. He's avoiding the Q because of what exactly? What of other NHL teams and scouts?
White Snake is saying it's about instinct most of the time. You either go where your strength lies(like the Red Wings and the Swedish leagues) or you go with what you know. And most of Timmins' boys are in the US. Not that he has a bias but that's what he knows the most, where probably his most trusted lieutenants are.

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