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Draft Will Have North America Flavor

from the Columbus Dispatch,
The flavor of the 2006 NHL draft will be decidedly less continental. There are fewer elite Europeans available at the top end and, as the rounds go by Saturday in Vancouver’s GM Place, there will be fewer selected on the bottom end. Part of it is a cyclical downturn in available prospects on the other side of the Atlantic. Part of it is rules changes. Once again, welcome to the new NHL. A crackdown on clutching and grabbing has unleashed a fast and furious on-ice product. A salary cap has radically altered the economic landscape of the game. Now, it appears the collective bargaining agreement born of the lockout also will have an impact on the draft. "We’re all looking at European players a little differently than we did before," Atlanta Thrashers general manager Don Waddell said.

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