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11-17-2012, 08:54 PM
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Originally Posted by joe89 View Post
Players are being formed to play on the small ice there, and lose out on elements you need to be successful on the big ice. Sweden hasn't had many CHL players historically, but young guys playing the heavy development years in the AHL usually struggle when going back to Europe. That's the price for trying to make the NHL.
OT...I know, but how many times do I get to speak to a Swedish hockey fan?

I could never understand why Swedes adopted the trap at the international level around 1998-99.

Swedes are always so creative with the puck, so it astonished me that they would limit themselves to such a one-way, brain-dead hockey philosophy.

What was up with that?

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