Apologies if this is being discussed elsewhere in the forum, but I didn't see it and don't know where it would fit.
The IIHF has just published the statistics on the European NHL players during last season:
The trend of declining numbers of Europeans is continued, and has reached the lowest point since the 1998-99 season. In terms of rookies, it is even "worse"; the 124 European rookies is the lowest since the 1989-90 season!
The only major nation opposing this trend is Sweden, with a steady increase of NHL players.
How do you see this development? Are the European players not good enough anymore? Or has the NHL lost some of its appeal for European players so that they prefer to stay in Europe? And how much has the KHL to do with this?