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11-12-2012, 03:27 AM
The Zetterberg Era
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Most the guys that come from the NCAA are over 20. That or pulled out early because they are special talents. The big thing with a lot of the NCAA guys is the schedule isn't great but for the most part they are very well rounded players. The problem you see with a lot of major junior players is they have areas of significant weakness that never needed to be addressed before the pro stage. Through all the practice time and shorter schedule I think the NCAA does a slightly better job at this but it is hard to rank them not on the same level as the OHL or CHL.

As far as Europe, my opinion is it would be easiest for the SM-Liiga guys from Finland. They play on a similar ice surface in a similar playing style.

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