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02-10-2013, 09:25 AM
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I like to extend the definition of success to selecting professional players, including teams around the world in hockey nations.

Players who have a career in the SEL, KHL/RSL, FNL, ... are good picks. Players who graduate junior (any country) but are not good enough to play pro would be poor picks. Selecting players who play in the national leagues are good picks. Sometimes a player would rather be a top line player in SEL than a 4th. liner, depth defenseman in the NHL.

To me Tretiak was a better goaltender than Healy, regardless of how many wins Healy had in the NHL or how many games he sat on the bench with a Cup winner.

The 197475 season saw another change to its playoff system to accommodate the league of 18 teams, twelve of which qualified for the playoffs. The top team from each division would earn a bye to the quarterfinal, while the second- and third-place teams from each division started their playoff run from a best-of-three preliminary round.
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