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08-07-2013, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by Blue Blooded View Post
I'd say that the Rangers focus on Canadian, Merican, and Swedish players is primarily an outcome of the shift in talent production of later years rather than some sort of concious organizational decision.

The KHL locks up the borderline Eastern European talent and basically every major European hockey nation bar Sweden has seen a decline in talent production. Sweden and the USA is OTOH seeing a steady incline in talent. Drafting more Swedes and Americans is a natural consequence of this.
It may or may not be a conscious decision, but in my opinion, those are the 3 countries that produce the most complete hockey players in the world.

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