If you ask Don Cherry, this is a sensitive subject, but here is a look at the top 50 non-North American players in NHL history.
Here are a few guidelines for this list:
1. To be included, a player could not have been born in the United States, Canad or Mexico (although I don't know of any NHL players born there just yet).
2. The only thing considered here is what these players did in the NHL. How well they played in Europe, in the Olympics or even the WHA is not taken into account. Therefore, no Vladislav Tretiak (he never played in the NHL) and greats like Ulf Nilsson will be lower on this list than their talent and performance would indicate because Nilsson's best years in North America were spent in the WHA.
Your comments are always welcome. Feel free to let me know who I may have missed or make a solid case for why you feel a particular player should be higher or lower on the list.
For now, this is what we have instead of training camps and preseason hockey, so I hope you can all enjoy.