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Penguins and Europeans Blogging Thesis

From The Pensblog:

It is no secret that "players and people who we think are Penguins" are North Americans.  Especially in the Dan Bylsma era, the Pens' mentality has shifted. Their top priority has been to stock the organization with aggressive skaters who aren't afraid to forecheck, throw a little hit, get separation, and get a cycle going.  It's Bylsma's system, the Pens have built the entire organization around it, and Europeans simply don't fit the bill.  Having said that, Shero and Co. did recently bring Tommy Westlund aboard, an amateur scout keeping an eye on Europe.

Upon digesting all of that information, we said wait a minute.  We have the Internet.  We have free time.  We should do some analysis on the Pens' rosters throughout the years.  We ended up doing an NHL-wide data set, using specific criteria, to see if there are any noticeable trends in the NHL when it comes to the European/North American makeup of rosters.

 

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Just read it during my lunch.  Not unexpected but a very good read.

Posted by pens fan in baltimore on 02/05/13 at 11:45 AM ET

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How nationality is a question in the game of hockey is beyond me. A good player is a good player no matter where he’s from.
It’s a shame that today’s coaches trend to being more interested in physical players than skilled ones. This pinball-spinoff the NHL is becoming more and more every years is an insult to hockey itself.  The high-skill requirement of hockey was the reason I fell in love with this sport, if I wanted to see men on steroids running each other I would watch the NFL.

Posted by Joe Z. from Austria on 02/05/13 at 01:14 PM ET

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Shero & Bysma want players who can “Get to our Game”  sick

Posted by Evilpens on 02/05/13 at 03:58 PM ET

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Joe, I completely agree.  Gretzky would’ve been a noboy in today’s NHL,  I really believe that.  So much creativity has been taken out to increase the speed of the game that you rarely get those bang-bang plays.

Watched a fair amount of Euro hockey during the lockout and I really didn’t mind it at all.  Could’ve used some more physicality but the puck-movement was much more fun to watch.

I guess each game has their drawbacks.

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/05/13 at 05:53 PM ET

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Not to mention the watered-down nature of the NHL post-expansion/salary cap era

Posted by HockeytownOverhaul on 02/05/13 at 05:54 PM ET

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