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03-29-2015, 10:50 AM
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Player backgrounds as an advantage

Last time we played Phoenix, and yesterday Boston, looking up and down their roster, I saw quite a few European names. Whereas all the Rangers are North American, and a couple Swedes who are GROOMED to adapt their play wherever they go. And MZA, who was trained Swedish, anyhow, right?

The prototypical Swiss, Russian, Scandinavian, Czech and even Slovak systems are all very different from one-another, as we all know, more so than CHL vs. NCAA, eastern/western Canada, even USA/Canada. The players are GROOMED in systems that are different, sometimes fundamentally. What could be a commendable play on the boards in Russia could get you smacked fast in Finland, maybe suspended in NA pros.

I realize a pro athlete is a pro athlete, whether from Boise or Yakestonia (someone PLEASE get the reference...), and their games kind of become catholic and adjusted at the top level, if their good. Still, roots are roots. So again, and to add more to the question, are we diverse enough TO WIN?

Let me also say: A. OF COURSE I don't believe that's why Boston won... B. I KNOW not every player is idiosyncratic to his national style... C. Almost NO research went into this. I'm not Mr. Popularity here, but just something to consider, and I almost never start threads.

Do we have enough different backgrounds on the team to win?

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03-29-2015, 10:51 AM
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North American/Swedish pedigree is just fine with me.

I happen to think Eastern European players do not properly learn the defensive side of the game.

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03-29-2015, 08:07 PM
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I may get flamed for this, and forgive me non-North American posters, but I've never, ever heard a NHL team say we need to get more European to win.

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03-29-2015, 08:41 PM
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You've got to be kidding me

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