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05-05-2012, 04:58 AM
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Originally Posted by oilsp1ll View Post
Not to get too off topic but how does the Swedish developmental system work exactly? Dansk would have left when he was 13. Do they play throughout a conventional minor hockey system compared to those of Canada until then? When do they become property of the "club" teams and enter their developmental system and how does that differ from where they originally developed?
No, almost every Swedish team from Elitserien to Division 2(tier 4)boasts a number of junior teams in different age groups and divisions(it's basically just like the mens legues except the junior system is separate). they are located in the same city as the Senior team and usually play and practice in the same facilities. They either stay in their home town and play their junior years there and then play for the senior team or ,if you are from a smaller market with limited junior development, go to a better market where they have a chance to work with better coaches.

There are only a few junior-only teams in Sweden and the players usually go to one of the big teams once they are old enough or feel they should move on because they are to good.

They are property of the teams from the time they sign their first Junior contract. Until then they can move freely. Many Swedish prospects play on the same team from the day they first start playing hockey until they are NHL-bound.

Silfverberg is a good example.

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