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11-29-2012, 12:33 AM
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Originally Posted by alko View Post
Last weekend played for Barcelona only the players, they came from their academy.... Is there in NHL any example? Ok, in NHL there is another system. But lets say games, where played only team drafted players.
Not really, no. As mentioned the Montreal Canadiens of the 50's, to a lesser extent their teams of the 60's through 70's as well however they all included players who had in fact come up through other Junior systems & or were acquired via trade. The Toronto Maple Leafs under Conn Smythe might be a bit closer in terms of the "Academy Approach", whereby he signed Junior players & assigned them to St. Michaels College in Toronto where they both studied & played for the Junior A St. Mikes Buzzers, guys like Frank Mahovlich & Dick Duff; or, Smythe would assign his Juniors to the Marlies, many of those players attending public schools, less rigid than St. Mikes. Graduates from both systems formed the core of the Leafs right through the 60's....

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