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10-30-2012, 02:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Daneurism View Post
Wow, so does Alberta not have a league of similar form to the GTHL, in which the best players often move up from their less talented AAA league? Or is there just a larger talent disparity that leads to these kinds of stats?
It's not exactly less talented leagues.. That sort of system wouldn't work great here. I guess hockey is just different on the West Coast/prairies than Ontario. Players like Brandon Sutter and Tyler Ennis who are probably two of the best products that have graduated from the AMBHL on to the NHL recently only got like 60 pts in 35 games in this same league and turned into great NHL players, a defenseman like Jared Spurgeon about 35 pts in 35 games.

It's a terrific and competitive league top to bottom, just the odd year there is an abberation and a guy that just figures out how to completely light it up. Western Canada isn't exactly known for churning out high-octane offensive forwards most of the time anyways. Most recent example is prboably Ty Rattie who got 131 pts in 33 games in 2007/08 which is the league record. I expect Benson to beat that record this year, he looks like he's on a different level.

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