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05-17-2013, 11:25 AM
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Originally Posted by Ryker View Post
Which leagues? The European leagues? Because that's my point. The top European leagues are better than the AHL (by whatever margin), so if proving yourself in the AHL gets you to the NHL, why doesn't it playing in the SEL, a better league?
Because while you could say those leagues may be "better" in their overall talent makeup, they play a vastly different game than that of the NHL and the ahl and to an extent the chl. European players are typically said to need to "prove" themselves in these leagues because it shows that they can hang in the much more physical and wearing North American game. There are plenty of European players both now and historically that have/had an abundance of talent that simply couldn't play in the NHL or ahl because of the characteristics that set them apart. The Na game is much more physical, it's played on smaller ice do your transition instincts have to be great because offense and defense is one entity and can switch in a fraction of a second. The game needs to be thought quicker and you have so many different variables coming at you at once.

Just because someone is has great natural talent for the game and has playes in a more talented league like the sel or the khl, doesn't necessarily mean they can hang in the ahl or NHL. It's a different world for the most part.

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