LW John Gaudreau - Boston College, HE (2011, 104th overall, Calgary)
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11-29-2012, 10:33 AM
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The calibre of CIS is very close to NCAA, go look at the preseason matchups between the teams.
NCAA is a bit better mostly due to getting NHL draft picks out of USHL or USNDP. CIS is mostly kids who have moved on from the NHL dream to get an education, but still among the best CHL(mostly graduation 20 year olds) and Jr.A players.
There is a pretty long list that have played in the NHL like Randy Gregg, Ridley, Rucchin, Darche, Shelley, Stock, Ward, St.Denis, Boyce plus some older ones like Vilgrain, Bourgeois etc
Lots of Euro leagues have mostly guys that won't ever play an NHL game and their teams would be NCAA teams like the Swiss, German and Swedish leagues.
The preseason is a terrible way to make a definitive statement about any team or league.
The 2009-2010 Chicago Blackhawks had a losing record in the preseason. They even lost to the Zurich Lions.
So is the NLA comparable to the NHL then? The Lions finished 6th in their league that year, but they beat the Stanley Cup champions.
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