W Nikita Kucherov (2011, 58th overall, Tampa Bay)
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11-24-2012, 12:17 PM
Join Date: Dec 2011
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Simply put to bring more imports would affect the Canadian development system since there is one less spot for young Canadian players on the team and the goal of the CHL is to develop Canadian talent. Yes in some cases the Euros are the most talented on the team but to have a roster littered with them would certainly not benefit hockey Canada, We are seeing this in our goal-tending, since many Euro goalie imports are drafted recently, the Canadian goalies are getting less playing time and the young promising prospects on a team are spending seasons in junior B because there is no room for them.
Fair enough. If the point of the CHL is solely for development of Canadian players, then you make a good point.
As far as an on ice product is concerned, and even as far as a marketable business is concerned, they'd do well to bring more young European talent over.
Since they do currently allow for 2 Europeans on each team, they do have some balance.
Personally, I care more about the product than I do Canada winning gold every year, so I'd love to see more Europeans.
Perhaps if I'm off base on anything, someone can correct me
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