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11-12-2012, 09:20 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
I'm ok with it either way, and I think it's important to help support the development of players from non-traditional hockey powers, Denmark for example.. but I don't appreciate much 18 year old drafted Swedish goaltenders being 1st year players in the OHL who get playing time over a 16-17 year old Canadian. The CHL's mandate is first and foremost a Canadian developmental league. But, there's no doubt that the influx of European talent into the Canadian hockey league has been more of a positive than a negative in all areas except for goaltending... but whether the two are linked I can't say. I would like to see a rule whereby 18 year old drafted European goaltenders are ineligible to play in the CHL. If you are not a drafted European import at age 17, then they can't enter the CHL once they've already been drafted by an NHL team. See Dansk of the Erie Otters. I think the development of Dansk should be Sweden's priority and not ours.
If you look at the number of teams in the CHL, the # who have a No. 1 euro goalie really aren't that many. Also, the guy who's arguably been the best goalie in the OHL this year (Gibson) is an American. Mahalak, who is also having a really good year, is from Michigan. That's not helping Canadian development either - and changing the import rule won't stop Americans from playing.

I just think blaming our goalie problem on imports is way overblown.

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