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12-04-2012, 01:40 PM
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Originally Posted by holyprime View Post
Goaltending tends to look terrible in any highlight reel (except its one about saves).

Maybe i'm too biased, but goaltending is actually one of our strengths, in the league as well as on international level (i'd say we'll see that when Corey Schneider starts playing) . What the league lacks is defensive depth, there's a much bigger gap between a teams top and bottom pair than in the NHL, SEL or KHL.
thanks for the input.

I agree that highlights are definitely biased. Just seemed that some of the goals that were scored had MOSTLY stoppable shots, maybe it was just a small sample size.

I'd agree with you that the depth on defense (even the bottom six forwards) is likely the biggest difference in some of the european leagues. Fact is, internationally, the teams that come from Europe are pretty damn good (Switzerland is getting much much better, Finland has improved drastically in recent years, Russia, Sweden, Czech, Slovakia can beat anyone, anytime.

But in league play, you can see the talent level is pretty diluted. I've watched a few streams of the KHL and I've seen JT play 2-3 times (not just highlights) and the level of play is pretty good. But it's pretty clear the top players are far better than the bottom ones.

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