This will not end well and I vote North America. Europe has a ton of talented young plaers but North America is the hockey central, especially in areas such as Ontario, the level of play is unbelievable.
Yeah, NA for me. European prospects are more fun to watch but when it comes down to it all, North American players come through big time.
Isn't Kovalchuk technically European?
Also, why are you giving draft picks as examples?
98, Lecavalier was chosen 1st overall while Pavel was chosen 171st.
Now they are both in the top of the league, who is better is arguable, I say Vinny, but draft picks doesn't make a difference.
I do agree on the Nash, Flery, Ovechkin, Crosby, Johnson, Kane, but I also agree for the other talents such as Toews, Staal, Stastny, Richards, etc.