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11-13-2012, 12:42 PM
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Originally Posted by vippe View Post
I agree with this. The style of play in the SM-Liiga is a lot more like the AHL/NHL than the SEL. I actually think going from the SEL to any league in North America and vice versa is quite difficult for many
Yes, although "competitive" is not the word I'd use. The SEL is a highly competitive league of parity where you have to work harder for scoring chances compared to most other leagues I know, even against the "bad" teams. But it's not the energetic hockey you will see in NA, the emphasis on hard work lies in the neutral and defensive zone mainly. It's the polar opposite of the AHL game pretty much, but has proved to be a good league to take the step into the NHL right away over the years. In many cases, I think going from SEL to NHL is easier than SEL to AHL.

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