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04-07-2013, 12:47 AM
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Originally Posted by Mr Kanadensisk View Post
This was not answered at the time but to date Huberdeau (a CHL player at the time these comments were made) is leading rookies with 26pts. Conacher (an AHL player last year) is 2nd with 24 pts. Brunner has 22pts, Silfverberg has 16pts, and Granlund has spent a lot of the season in the AHL. If Cervenka qualified as a rookie his 12pts so far would have him in 17th in rookie scoring. Obviously he is not a rookie, nor was he even close to being the best player outside of the NHL last year.

The truth is that the AHL still draws from a much bigger pool of players than any other league beside the NHL. I do feel that Radulov is better than anyone in the AHL right now, but the average talent level in the AHL is higher than any league in Europe.

What you're saying is akin to asking "Who are the best NHLers?", then comparing everybody by their non-NHL performances. You're again skewing the playing field and it's intellectually dishonest. Don't think people can't see through that. At least give the European players proper adjustment time before saying who's better in the N.A. game.

Regardless, Cervenka was one of the (if not the) best players outside NHL last few years.....his play in the NHL doesn't change the fact.

With rising salaries in Europe, the AHL has evolved into a developmental/transition league filled with younger players. Compared to 10-15 years ago, the veteran career AHLer (who regularly would tear up the league) or the veteran NHL/AHL tweener tends to play in Europe now (boatloads of North Americans included).
It's almost universally agreed upon that AHL is behind the top European leagues.

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