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10-29-2012, 07:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Carelton CA View Post
The Swedish Elite league is not better, not even close. Sami was the Dman of the year the last 2 years over there. The KHL is not as good either. They may have the NHL's best players now but the league as a whole is not as good as the AHL right now. Read around a bit, you'll find many who agree that the AHL is now the best league in the world right now.
Sami played in the FEL, not the SEL and him being defenseman of the year is irrelevant as he's one of the best defensemen in the AHL too. The KHL is significantly better and this is coming from somebody who despises the KHL, the only thing the AHL has over the KHL is a goaltending advantage.

In a normal year, most regard the AHL to be behind the NHL, KHL, SEL, FEL and on a similar level to the Swiss league. In a lockout, the AHL has gained a ton of prospects and good players who are mostly under 21 where as the European leagues have gained proven top end NHL talent which is spread out over far less teams than the AHL.

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