Thread: Switzerland: Swiss young guns
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07-02-2013, 07:09 AM
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Originally Posted by TheNeutrality View Post
But the AHL is a lot closer to the NHL than the NLA (at least in terms of playing style and media attention). If he really targets the NHL, he should probably give it a try. There may have been guys that tried the way of the AHL and couldn't succeed, but we also saw tremendous talent stay in Switzerland, just to get overlooked or too comfortable.

There will be Wicks or Ambühls and there will be Niederreiters or Bärtschis. Just as there have been guys like Brunner, Diaz or Hiller that could make the jump from the NLA to the NHL and there have been guys like Sprunger, Stephan, Genoni or (Patrik) Bärtschi that couldn't make it or just got forgotten over here.
Wick and Ambühl developped into good players in the NLA, both wasted a year of their career in the AHL (same for Blindenbacher). There are good reason why Sprunger and Genoni won't make it, their skillset isn't well suited for the NHL (same for Conz). Stephan tried the AHL route and it didn't work out either. And regarding Niederreiter, I think it's pretty obvious he was mishandled. I'd bet he would have developped better had he been loaned to an NLA team for the 2011-12 season.

Same for other European country, several examples show that players develop better in their local league than in the AHL.

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