Sweden is always ahead of Finland (on paper) also because it seems that Finnish NHL-players cannot give a shit for joining to a national squad. I actually hope that Finnish hockey Federation and Liiga teams together would set certain clauses for that responsibility to player contracts. Faster we get rid of non-essential encumbrance when it comes to NT representation, better. In other words, You're Finnish hockey player going to NHL, you're always obliged by contractual clauses to participate to NT if called up, if you're not playing NHL playoffs. To remind individual playerss, and to force some kind decent price for the system that really can produce players that can A) play in the NHL, B) beat rosters that are filled with NHL talent, that doesn't appear when requested, C) to optimize hockey world in general to better reflect real talent pool. For example Kaapo Kakko played 100+ games and that wasn't problem for him, but when free and available NHL millionaire of < 100GP per season is requested... *middle finger* The point underlined here is that all ALL Finnish players should FEEL they are responsible for that they are the products of the Finnish Pipeline, if they are available. Finnish Hockey federation should contractually and preemptively forbid any clause from player contracts that can prevent a NHL (or any other league) player's participation to an International tournaments in a roster of Team Finland, unless there are clear medical reasons for such decline. NHL teams could buy that privilege tho. With hard money. Europeans in general should end their slavery to NHL by creation of their own international League (in which NA players are welcomed to join).