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12-02-2012, 01:22 PM
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I think the biggest problem to overcome for European players coming to NA is to read the plays faster & make quicker decisions & no one really knows if a player will be able to think faster & react faster until they get here. On the bigger surfaces players have much more time to see plays develop & make plays without having a defensive player all over them. I think there are many examples of that where players are better in Europe or the AHL, then can't react quick enough in the NHL.

In NA with the smaller ice surface everything happens so much quicker & players need to react that much faster, some can adapt but a lot can't. Hopefully, our Europeans will be able to adapt. I would think that reaction time is faster in the AHL than in Europe & even faster in the NHL. I would think it's quite an adjustment for them.

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