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01-23-2013, 01:52 PM
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What's With Swiss Forwards And the NHL?

Just saw that Nino Niederreiter wants a trade. He's had 3 points in 62 games.

The list of Swiss forwards who were highly touted is extremely long:

Michal Riesen - Lasted about 4 years and was never more than a 3rd liner.
Luca Cereda - He had a heart problem at least.
Thomas Ziegler - Supposed to be a decent checking line centre. Ended up lasting 5 games.
Reto von Arx - Viewed as one of the best Swiss forwards ever. Had a cup of coffee with the Hawks and then returned home.
Luca Cunti - A former 3rd rounder. Not overly familiar with his skillset, but there was a time he was touted as a decent prospect. Never made it to the NHL.
Patrik Bartschi - Late round Pittsburgh pick. A few reports said he might have had a similar potential as Konstantin Koltsov at the time. He never made it to the NHL, either.

Then there's the long list of national team members who either were drafted and were never highly touted or were never even drafted, like Roman Wick (who did play 7 games), Kevin Romy, Flavien Conne, Martin Pluss, Romano Lemm, Marcel Jenni, Andres Ambuhl and Raffaele Sannitz.

So, with Niederreiter's apparent bust, and with this history, anyone have any explanation on what's up here, or is there just some strange NHL curse against Swiss forwards? And, perhaps more importantly, is there anything that suggest that Sven Bartschi won't bust when compared to these guys?

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