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08-17-2012, 08:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Dreakmur View Post
Don't you find it odd that we always assume the NHL rules were the "right rules" at the time.

There's no denying that a lot of players who went from European/American rules into he NHL failed. The question is, why did they fail. Did they fail bacause they couldn't adjust to the rules, or because they just weren't good enough?

In the ATD, it's important to identify the best hockey players, and not just the best players who can play an NHL style. Since the ATD games are played in no particular era, with no particular set of rules, and in n particular style, the fact that some players played under abnormal rules isn't really relevant.
No assumptions are being made about the NHL rules being the right rules. History has shown very clearly that the NHL rules forced the defensemen to move the puck faster, transition better, to play with their heads-up. It also made the game more interesting the defensive team could no longer simply play keep away to kill time.

Then you have the impact on the forwards who had to develop a forechecking game, improve corner work in the offensive zone plus they had to change their break-out from their defensive zone, playing with their heads-up, coming back deeper into their defensive zone and changing their exit angles.

Failure is failure regardless of the reason.

And that is what the appreciation of the rules does.Look at the results of various NHL rule changes over the years, starting with the forward pass.

Player skills are defined by how quickly a defenseman moves the puck, how well a forward forechecks or plays in his defensive zone.

In context this means that a Jean Paul Lamirande, 1959 WC best defenseman but a quickly discarded NHL defenseman who built a solid career in minor and semi-pro ranks was better than or equal to the best European and American defensemen, mainly because he was not rushed like he was in NHL or pro/semi pro hockey.

So again we are either undervaluing the NA players the quality of Connie Broden, Jean Paul Lamirande, and other Canadians who did well in international play or ignoring weaknesses in European and American players who had gaps in their games.

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