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11-18-2012, 01:48 AM
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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.
You're right but there is no point in supporting that because it doesn't make NHL better, it only makes Europe worse (because worse players are returning from CHL/AHL when they don't succeed). Thing that is clearly proven by the last 20 years or so is that those coming from Europe to NA who really have talent to make NHL better have no problem to do so in 20-22 years of age and play directly in the NHL. And at that point there are no risks you mentioned for them, because they are fully developed.

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