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11-27-2012, 11:30 PM
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Do you guys still have national stereotypes about players?
Hard nosed Canadian and skilled but soft Swedes. 4th/3rd line hard working Finnish players and talented but lazy Russians?
I mean, i do. I easily think of Canadian NT as the most physical and hard to play against. Russian's are very slick and talented in my mind and Finns play with heart and hard work.
The skilled but soft Swedes stereotype is changing. Swedes that are reaching the NHL now grew up idolizing Peter Forsberg, and have implemented his style into their game (for the most part; there are still your Tedenbys and Collbergs of the world). It seems like almost every Swedish player drafted now plays a sound two-way game and isn't afraid of contact; look at Landeskog, Forsberg, Josefson, Paajarvi, Johansson, Backlund, Jarnkrok, Aberg, etc.
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