A bit bored, but it came as a thought when I saw a thread in The business of hockey forum about decline of Europeans in NHL.
I then constructed two teams from each season 2013 and 97/98 just for fun. What would the boxscore be (they are as good as they were the actual seasons, bar injuries)?
Should'nt Arvedson be in the 97/98 group, and where is Mattias Norström? For 2013, first of all, where is Eriksson? Also i think it's better to use Zetterberg and Steen as centers, getting Hörnqvist in and perhaps Thörnberg.
Last edited by Darth Yoda: 02-20-2013 at 10:06 PM.
Well I had a "right now 2013" approach (i,.e. playing well now) to it at first, in order to balance up the "right then 97/98" approach (which most likely have some similar things/omissions which stings the eye, but people knows the contemporary better). That way it made sense to leave some out, but my stance kind of eroded when I gave way to suggestions (suggestions which are perfectly fine in themselves) but not in the spirit of "right now 2013".
Anyway the line-ups shows an upside of quality regarding Swedish hockey in NHL. These days you can field two full squads up to the cap with Swedish players and in 97/98 you couldn't go for the cap and not even get two teams together (lack of proper centres but most important, goalies)