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LAKE PLACID, N.Y. -- Auston Matthews, a frontrunner to be the top pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, announced Friday that he will play for the Zurich Lions in the Swiss National League in 2015-16..... http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=776549&navid=nhl:topheads

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Mr Ricochet

Unless I'm forgetting this is really uncommon, no? Why play in the Swiss league? If you're gonna play pro before getting drafted why not in Sweden where the competition is much better?

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turk181

Unless I'm forgetting this is really uncommon, no? Why play in the Swiss league? If you're gonna play pro before getting drafted why not in Sweden where the competition is much better?

Maybe this?........ John Shannon@JSportsnet 6h

Hearing Auston Matthews is to receive 400K to play in Switzerland.

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Mr Ricochet

So Matthews figures he's a shoe in to be the #1 pick next year so he may as well make some dough this year? But the Swiss League?

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Mr Ricochet

Guess I was correct on this. Rare that a kid goes to Europe in his draft year from North America. Almost always the other way around. Bleacher Report: Link

 

 


It’s a groundbreaking decision.

 

It’s typical for European teenagers to come to North American junior leagues both to raise their profiles with NHL teams and get a head start on adapting to the game as it’s played on this side of the Atlantic. It’s extremely rare for the flow of talent to go in the other direction.

 

Matthews’ choice raises a lot of issues, but perhaps the most critical is what this does to his value on draft day next year.

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minor life

If Matthews was 2 days older he would have been the 3rd over all pick in this years draft. The WHL would not have challenged him nearly as much as the Swiss league. Sweeden presented Visa issues for work, and Crawford was the coach he wanted to play for.

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Mr Ricochet

Similar situation except Q has been drafted and Matthews hasn't, but now Saints alum Peter Queneville going to Finland to play pro? Link

 

 


This will be the fourth team Quenneville has played for since he was drafted in 2013. He played his draft season for the Dubuque Fighting Saints of the USHL, before heading to Quinnipiac University the following year. Quenneville played five games at Quinnipiac before joining his brother John in Brandon to play for the Wheat Kings.

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kwey24

This Auston Matthews thing, think of it as the basketball model. It is no longer rare for an American kid to go over to Europe (or Turkey or China) to play professionally before being drafted in the NBA. The kids do this instead of going to college (and the kids good enough to do this make over six figures).

 

The Swiss League is actually pretty good. While their number of imports is restrictive compared to countries like Germany, the caliber of the imports in the Swiss League are very good and the Swiss players themselves are pretty good. The Swiss League also has very little travel compared to other leagues because of how close almost all of the teams are to each other. It's a great experience and, with the reduced travel, he'll probably have the ability to work on his development even more than if he played major junior hockey.

 

The other effect this will have is that by being drafted out of the Swiss League, he should be able to be assigned to an AHL team after his draft year, if for some unforeseen reason he doesn't go straight to the NHL. The kid makes money and really opens up options for himself.

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DM47

Is the Swiss League the only professional league that restricts the number of imports or do other leagues in the area do that as well? Do you foresee more players trying to do this even after being drafted instead of playing in Major Junior?

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twolinepass

Is the Swiss League the only professional league that restricts the number of imports or do other leagues in the area do that as well? Do you foresee more players trying to do this even after being drafted instead of playing in Major Junior?

all of the top leagues in europe have varying restrictions on import players (anywhere from 3-8 players depending on the league).

 

As far as more players doing this.. I don't think Matthews will be the last by any means.. but you certainly wont see tons of top prospects shipping off to Europe in droves

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minor life

Matthews circumstance is a combination of age, draft timing, and being the elite level player. If he were 2 days older he would be in the NHL this year, or back and forth between the AHL. The WHL wouldnt have challenged him enough, and it would have been another Eichel situation had he gone NCAA. This is a special player. I expect him to be a point a night or better against seasoned pros when just turning 18.

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Mr Ricochet

Is the Swiss League the only professional league that restricts the number of imports or do other leagues in the area do that as well? Do you foresee more players trying to do this even after being drafted instead of playing in Major Junior?

 

 

I don't know, but Queneville is showing there is a path around the Indentured Servitude Clause. Some guys like Max Domi, Draisaitl, Bennett are stuck in the CHL because they are 19 and can't go to the AHL until they're 20 when they can no longer develop in juniors. That year, sometimes 2, stunts their growth. They are too good for junior, not good enough for the NHL and can't play in the AHL cuz they're too young so it's back to juniors.

 

But there is a way around that, and you can make a few hundred k besides, a tad more than they make in Major Junior (lil joke) and that's going to Europe for a year or two. ........If nothing else it gives a kid another option.

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