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10-30-2011, 02:38 PM
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Originally Posted by J17 Vs Proclamation View Post
The NHL draft if taken as a sample size over 3-4 years certainly represents the state of a hockey programme to a satisfactory degree.

Sweden has record numbers and it shows. Czech Republic, Slovakia and Finland have all had big lulls in their Junior systems, and the NHL draft mirrors this. Russia is different, politically, but it is foolish to completely ignore the relation of the NHL draft and quality of domestic produce.

Many Russian kids are going over because they want to make the NHL. They do this because firstly, it's what NHL teams want and its the best way to get drafted. But they also leave because issues of ice time and an issues in developing young players. It's all well and good to just blame the NHL, but there are always other reasons, and frankly its ignorant to not believe this.
yes and definitely no!

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