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12-12-2006, 11:41 AM
Join Date: Nov 2003
Location: New England
I like to keep track of former AHL players and especially former Springfield Falcons players when they go to Europe. I think many of you are selling the AHL short. Most hockey people believe the AHL is the second best hockey league in the world. The biggest difference between the AHL and the NHL is that players generally make more mistakes in the AHL and that superstars end up in the NHL. There is very little noticable difference between players in the NHL and AHL other than those superstars and most players are interchangable between the two leagues. I can give hundreds of examples.
You don't see AHL players looking out of place when they get called up to the NHL and you don't see NHL players standing out when they get sent down to the AHL. About half of every AHL team's roster has NHL experience. Can you say the same about DEL rosters?
I would say the top leagues in Europe come close to the AHL and the better 2nd division teams are between the AHL and ECHL.
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