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06-27-2011, 11:57 AM
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Originally Posted by overlords View Post
Is the czech league really that bad for player development?
Yeah, kinda. It's still good enough quality that you can pick the cream of the crop of young guys and pretty much assume they'll be competitive over here, but in terms of development, there simply isn't the amount of resources in play to get kids to the next level and/or adjusted to the NHL game (if that's their goal). Plenty of players go on to success in the KHL with little need for adaptation (I think Czechs represent the largest non-"Russian" population in the KHL), but yeah... like WTK said, there's a reason guys like Frk and Voracek come over, even to a place like Halifax, if their goal is making the NHL. If you want to look/get NHL ready by the time you're in your early 20s, the Czech system isn't going to accelerate you fast enough, typically.

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