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07-02-2010, 12:03 AM
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Habs - North American players trend

Is it just me or do other people notice this as well?
I feel like starting in 2009, the mentality of Habs management changed and they decided to aim for mostly North American players and minimize their dependance on Euros.

If you look at all the players that the Habs aquired since last year (2009).

Aquired 15 players:
10 Canadian
4 American
1 European (Spacek)


Drafted in 2009:
3 Canadian
2 American
1 Russian
2 Finns

Drafted 2010:
3 Canadians
1 American
1 Swede (7th round)


Our current Lineup (including RFAs)
16 North Americans (13 Canadians)
1 Russian
4 Europeans

2008-2009 Lineup, Players that played for the Habs at least 1 game
23 North Americans (17 Canadians) - 13 players regularly in the lineup
10 Euros/Russians - 8 players regularly in the lineup

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And that's alright!

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Coincidence that we reached the ECF for the first time in over a decade?

Maybe.

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Don Cherry was right all along dammit

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Recent first rounds of the entry drafts are generally dominated by Canadians and Americans too...

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Coincidence that we reached the ECF for the first time in over a decade?

Maybe.
That's exactly my point.
Can it be that the myth is not really a myth?
That North American hockey players are more eager to compete to win the Stanley cup then European players who are considered to be here mostly for the pay, and for some a better way of life.
And it seems Habs management, with the trend they have taken in the last 2 years, have discovered this as well.

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Don Cherry was right all along dammit
LMAO

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We still need 1 or 2 good russian in the team. who too many..

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Swedes and Fins are great hockey players with very high determination. Finnish players and their work ethic along with fearlessness are the closest to Canadian trench workers.

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I don't see Andrei Kostitsyn staying until training camp either.

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07-02-2010, 12:02 PM
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I'd think long and hard before drafting Euros other than Swedes and Finns....really not worth the headaches of:

a) will they come to NA?
b) will they actually try?
c) will they go to the KHL?

No thanks

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I'd think long and hard before drafting Euros other than Swedes and Finns....really not worth the headaches of:

a) will they come to NA?
b) will they actually try?
c) will they go to the KHL?

No thanks
Because there are zero north american "floaters" in the NHL right?

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This is humorous considering most of our success came at the backs of a Slovak and a Russian.

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Because there are zero north american "floaters" in the NHL right?
I'd rather take my chances with an all north-american team.

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This is humorous considering most of our success came at the backs of a Slovak and a Russian.
A Slovak who asked to be traded and a Russian who played 1/3 of the playoff games?

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I'd rather take my chances with an all north-american team.
I'd take a team of Brazilians if they're gonna get the Habs a cup.

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It's a real good news!

European players can be good but they have not been playing hockey in the kind of pressure and intensity the game is played here. They need to be more developped then N.-A. player. The ice surface is not the same, some rules are not the same...

We put ourselves in a better chance of winnig when we draft North American players since they have grown watching the NHL and they know how the game is played. The most important of all, its that N.-A. player are lot less risky to return back to europe since they most likely never want to go play there.

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