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10-27-2012, 03:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Kanadensisk View Post
As you know almost all the players from Czech, Slovakia, Finland, Sweden, USA, Canada, and the rest of the world, excluding Russia, that are good enough to make the NHL are in the NHL.
I'm really not so sure about this. Especially if we talk about Sweden. There many good Swedes playing in SEL and KHL.

And in the end we are talking about absolute top talent, not average NHLers. Look at Swedes. Sweden has just a fraction of NHL players compared to Canada, but Sedins, Lundqvist, Backstrom and Zetterberg are absolute top talent. A few years ago with Alfie and Nick Lidstrom it was even better.

Or Slovakia. I agree, that pretty much all Slovak players that are good enough are in the NHL. So in the end you have a very small talent pool, but Chara, Hossa, Gaborik and Halak are better than most of the talent that has come from Canada.

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