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by Paul on 07/10/12 at 09:19 PM ET
from Michael Rappaport of The Hockey Writers,
The impact of American-born players in the NHL has intensified over the last few decades. Not only has there been an increase of U.S. born players on NHL rosters, but those players have been some of the best players in the league. The last two Conn Smythe Trophy winners have been American-born players (Tim Thomas and Jonathan Quick) and the league-wide focus in free agency in 2012 was on Zach Parise and Ryan Suter….
10. David Backes, Center, St. Louis Blues
David Backes has emerged as one of the NHL’s best two-way forwards. The Blues’ captain established career-highs in the 2010-11 season when he scored 31 goals and added 31 assists to record 62 points….
9. Ryan Kesler, Center, Vancouver Canucks
Ryan Kesler is one of the best power forwards in the NHL. The 27-year old center recorded at least 20 goals in each of the last five seasons, many of them coming on chances from in front of the net on the power play….
read on and how do you compare the list to your own?
Feel free to check out QuantHockey.com for a list of players from each state. First click the state, then the player names will appear.
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