Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 09/26/06 at 08:14 AM ET
One striking feature of the defending champions is the lack of European influence on their roster. The Canes had only five European players in camp, and one of them was hurt (Kaberle) and another left in the first wave of cuts (Czech defenseman Jakub Vojta, an unsigned 2005 draft pick). That leaves only Oleg Tverdovsky (Russia), Niclas Wallin (Sweden) and Anton Babchuk (Ukraine). "It's not like 15 years ago," Tverdovsky said. "It was a big thing having Europeans on the team. Now, hockey is pretty much catching up to NHL standards everywhere. Other countries are improving and North American hockey as well, taking some things from European hockey. Before, it was two styles: North American style and European style. Now, it's just one thing. If you're a good player, it doesn't matter where you're from."read on
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