Watching the Canada-Sweden finals, is it just me or have the Habs never really had anyone from Sweden/Finland that did anything for the Canadiens or even a drafted player that ended up being good in the NHL.
I got Mats Naslund (obviously), Koivu, Sundstrom, Dackell... who else?
Can you make an all-time team of drafted scandinavian player / or scandinavian players that played for the Canadiens.
EDIT: I mean Naslund and Koivu have been great for us, but aside from that....... nothing.
What is with our European scouts? They are terrible in the Scandinavian countries. I mean, in 25 years or so, we have Naslund and Koivu as the only guys worth mentioning. Many of the players on the list, we did not draft. Dahlin only played a couple seasons and went back home with his tail between his legs. Lumme was OK offensively, but a crappy defenceman. Popovic was the freindly giant and never hit anyone.
We are missing a lot of talent from those countries over the years. Not that the other talent we did draft is all bad from other countries, I just find it very odd, considering in over 2 decades, only 2 guys made a real impact.
Well... I beleive the line could have played well in the NHL, as Koivu and Naslund are well good enough to carry Dahlin that would score some goals with them, anywhere between 20 and 40. That said, you replace Dahlin by Sundstrom or Dackell and you do have a real NHL line, soft, but prettty good.
And this Dmen duo, while soft like crazy, could hold his own ok, I guess. Lumme was pretty good for a few season, and Popovic could have been ok as a sixth-seventh d-man for a few season...