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07-02-2011, 02:00 PM
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wings5
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Originally Posted by Peter25 View Post
Sweden and Finland seem to be different than Russia. There is not an exodus of best hockey talent from Sweden and Finland to the CHL.
Many different reasons for this. It is easier for one to crack the Senior roster in these countries. NHL teams have no problem drafting players at whatever level u-18, u-20, D.1 in Sweden for example so they know if they are good they will be seen and drafted unlike in Russia where even the best juniors are questionable picks if they are it will be late rounds most likely i.e Kitsyn, Marchenko. They have an junior league which is already established and well known from a young age, MHL is not yet as entrenched in Russian hockey culture yet or development. Kids want to make the KHL right away and therefore if it is difficult to crack a roster they will look at the CHL option.

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