First real euro-star was Borje Salming. He showed the europeans are not softies and they are able to handle big minutes in NHL. Then Peter Stastny and Jarri Kurri opened the door for first real wave of Euros - especially for skilled Swedish and Finnish players and some vets from CSSR. Early nineties - big impact of former-soviet players... During mid-to-late nineties the goal of almost every europlayer was to play NHL. I feel nowadays they are not interested in the same way...Yes, sure they play a season or two in AHL but that's it. They leave to KHL and other leagues. No way they are tryin' so long as their predecessors. Did we see the peak of euro player in NHL in nineties? Does KHL has same impact as WHA? Help me if IÂ´m wrong, I would like to read your opinions.