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03-24-2013, 11:53 AM
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Originally Posted by habsfanatics View Post
I'm not sure if this is the question you alluded to or not, but if so, you're dreaming. The increased player pool from these countries doesn't come close to covering the 30% increase in teams and even if it did, the point is mostly irrelevant. Swedes were already in the NHL.

What does it matter that most of the nhlers were Canadians? They were mostly the best players in the world at the time.

Canada 53%
USA 23.2%
Swedes 6.9%
Other 4.3%
Finns 3.1%
Slovakia 1.4%

Last I checked, 9 teams equals 30% of the League.

Canadian's, Yanks, Swedes and Finn's make up 80% of the league or 24 teams.
Canadian's make up 16 teams on their own.

In 89/90
Can 74.3%
USA 16.6%
Swed 3%
Finn 2.2%
Czch 1.5%
Russ 1.2%
Other .8%
Slov .3%

stolen from (RH71)

The numbers here show that the increase in the talent pool isn't nearly enough to support the increase in teams. The talent is actually thinner from roster to roster today than it was in the late 80's. There simply isn't enough to cover 9 additional teams. You keep making this claim, but it's simply not even close to being true. It's ok to have an opinion but it should be somewhat factual.

It's like saying MJ wouldn't dominate the NBA today because of the influx in talent from Argentina, Lithuania and other countries that lacked representation in the NBA.

Gretzky was competitive with a prime Jagr when the influx of euros was at its peak and he was an old diminished player at Gretzky's standards, playing with a career threatening injury to boot. Sorry, but the evidence that you provide has been working against you.
Good post.
Just one correction, the League increase from 21 to 30 teams is actually 43% not 30%. 9 added to 21, not 9 of 30.
(Bigger number and adds more weight )

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