What's With Swiss Forwards And the NHL?
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01-24-2013, 04:53 PM
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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?
Didn't Riesen get mixed up with concussions?
Niederreiter isn't a bust, he was overhyped because he was on an "obscure" nation as far as the WJCs go and everyone thought he was a diamond in the rough, but really, he was a quarter in a puddle. He's certainly not a bust though. He played on the fourth line of a bad team, instead of the first line of a decent team...potential isn't a number that every player has programmed into them, development plays a role.
Cunti didn't want it, he had no determination and wasn't really into the athletics of the whole thing (did 1 rep at 150 pounds at the combine).
Bartschi had Koltsov potential? Well, if that's the case, then you've explained it all. Koltsov was just fast, he had no hands, he was just really, really fast. If Bartschi just had Koltsov potential, than he rightfully never played in the NHL.
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