C Aleksander Barkov - Tampere Tappara, FEL (2013 Draft) - Part II
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01-29-2013, 01:13 PM
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As for the young players. I've been on this message board for years and seen so many Finnish prospects getting hyped by Finnish fans, but in the end they actually rarely succeed in the NHL. That's quite a contrast from SEL prospects, who tend to succeed in the NHL more often. That's one of the reason I just can't take this "FEL and their prospects are almost as good as SEL"-thesis seriously. Wouldn't mind to be proven wrong in the future though.
Obviously SEL has had and still has more NHL prospects than FEL. However it's not really relevant to take some of the recent years of Finnish prospects into account when assessing who has the better prospects NOW. It's no secret that 87-91 born classes have been pretty atrocious for us. 87s had some decent potential but tbh none of them were top tier prospects, so it's not a case of players not panning out (it's also that but not predominately so).
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