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Five Questions Bonus – 2013 NHL Entry Draft: Judging European Talent

Since you enjoyed the first five segments our our Five Questions series regarding the upcoming NHL Draft, the staff here at Flyers Faithful wanted to reward our loyal readers and followers with an additional bonus question. So for one last question Flyers Faithful is pleased to have  Adam Kimelman from NHL.com, Mark    Edwards from HockeyProspect.com, Chris Shafer from Hockey’s Future,  Todd Cordell from The Hockey Guys and HockeyBuzz and our  very own Jared Abbott participate in the current iteration of Five Questions. It’s difficult to predict the European talent pool in any draft, but this draft in particular there seems to be a number of Swedes (Lindholm, Burakovsky, Haag, …

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2013 Draft Eligibles: Sweden well represented once again; Lindholm, Wennberg, Burakovsky, de la Rose, Haag

Since the year 2000, there have been 29 Swedish born-and-bred players selected in the first round of the NHL draft — the highest number of those coming in 2009 with seven players selected overall. (Victor Hedman, TB, #2 overall, Oliver Ekman-Larsson, PHX, #6, Magnus Paajarvi, EDM, #10, David Rundblad, STL, #17, Jacob Josefson, NJ, #20, Tim Erxion, CGY, #23 and Marcus Johansson, WSH, #24). Last year, only two players were selected in the first round. If you recall, the Anaheim Ducks plucked defenseman Hampus Lindholm fourth overall from Rögle Bandyklubb and the Washington Capitals selected Filip Forsberg 13th overall from …