Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 04/22/12 at 07:50 PM ET
from Ed Willes of the Vancouver Province,
In the NHL’s regular season, nine of the top 20 scorers were European.
Before Sunday’s game, five of the top 20 playoff scorers were European, and none of the top five.
Last year, eight of the top 20 scorers in the regular season were European while Euros accounted for just three of top 20 in the playoffs.
You can, of course, draw any number of conclusions from this and our intention isn’t to feed into a stereotype. But clearly, different types of players excel in the postseason and, with the exception of the 2008 Detroit team, the Stanley Cup champions have been built around those types of players for the last 20 years.
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