Which Mythical Hockey Team Is Better Right Now: North American or European?

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Which Mythical Hockey Team Is Better Right Now: North American or European?
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The argument is an ongoing one in hockey circles: which group has more talent, North Americans or Europeans? This slideshow examines which mythical hockey team is better right now, a team made up of the best North American-born players or the best players born in Europe.

The talent here is judged on where they stand right now, not based on their career statistics or achievements. So a player like Martin Brodeur, for example, is just a good goalie now, not one of the game's best ever at his position.

To qualify for the North American team, a player had to be born in the United States, Canada or Mexico. To be considered for the European team, they had to be born in a European country. To qualify for either team, a player had to have played in the NHL at some time.

The choices for forwards, defensemen and goalies are made for both teams along with explanations as to why the final players were selected over the candidates that barely missed the cut. Feel free to make a case for any player you feel was snubbed and left off of these teams, but please indicate why you feel that player belongs on the team and who you feel should be removed as a result.

Each team consists of 12 forwards, seven defensemen and three goalies. Please keep in mind the forwards are split up by positions (centers, left wings and right wings), but the order does not suggest actual line combinations or defensive pairings.

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