How popular is hockey in Denmark?
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12-11-2012, 12:59 PM
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Location: Utrecht, NL
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About danish young guns:
Danes developed and drafted out of Sweden: Lars Eller, Frans Nielsen, Philip Larsen, Morten Madsen.
Danes playing and developing in sweden before moving on: Peter Regin, Mikkel Boedker, Oliver Lauridsen, Frederik Andersen, Nicklas Hardt.
Drafted prospects playing in sweden right now: Nicklas Jensen, Thomas Spelling.
Draft eligible danes in sweden: Mads Eller.
What is your point? That Sweden has a better hockey level than Denmark? We all now that. It has always been that way. It's no surprise and nothing new that the best players move to a better and more professional environment. But it doesn't change the fact that this didn't happen 15 year ago and that the change is largely due to the development of Danish youth hockey. So about the Danish young guns: They all played in Denmark before they went to Sweden.
That many of these players owe a great part of their development to Sweden is nothing new, but ask yourself the question: Why does Swedish teams even bother to bring them over when there are plenty of Swedish kids to take from? Because these players are high end talents when they leave Denmark, who have been so well developed in Denmark from they were 3 to age 15-18 that they can compare themselves with the best Swedish prospects in the same age group.
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