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10-30-2012, 08:10 PM
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Originally Posted by snarktacular View Post
Age is a good one, since guys coming out of Europe are probably older than guys coming out of the other leagues. But other than that, most of the things you list should balance out as long as the sample size is big enough. Maybe style/quality of player if you really want to get into it, because they might not bother to bring grinders over from Europe as much.

But in the end it's the same as earlier arguments about prospects. Some people believe in statistical approaches and some don't.
Agreed about the laws of averages, but the numbers aren't high enough to do that IMO. 473 AHL players is a good start. 129 IHL not as much. Then 93 NCAA, 75 SM-Liiga, 72 Swedish Elite League, 47 Russian Elite League, 35 Czech Republic League, 28 Switzerland National League, 19 Deutsche Eishockey League. Those numbers don't strike me as large enough to balance all those issues out.

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