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01-28-2013, 04:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Jagorim Jarg View Post
A few Czechs came over (Bubla, Hlinka, Nedomansky being the most successful) and while they were superstars at home, were far less effective in the NHL than in their home countries. They faltered against tougher competition. The Czechoslovak leagues were simply inferior.

Not everyone adapts well. Stastny came over and was a dominant force in the 80s. Sample size too small in the 80s to make any statements, just like you said, a few guys came over.

How do you explain the explosion of talent in the 90s (and by talent, I mean talent that made it - off the top of my head - Jagr, Hasek, Bondra, Palffy etc.)? Magic?

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