I understand why some people prefer European, "big ice" hockey but, for me, it's missing something. Sure, the trap sucks, but North American hockey has heart and grit.
From the perspective of an Oilers fan, it's awesome to see Samsonov set up Hemsky in a beautiful passing play. But still, the things I remember the most are things like Jason Smith taking a puck off the face in the playoffs against Dallas and he gets right back out there. Ryan Smyth took a puck to the chops against San Jose, lost a bunch of teeth, got stitched up and headed back out onto the ice to set up the game winner in triple overtime.
That's the stuff, and that's what's missing from European hockey. You don't see many European guys sacrificing their bodies to block shots, take hits, or play hard on the puck. I'll take a Joe Thornton over some flashy European player any day.
Thankfully, Oilers hockey has always been the opposite of the shitty clutch and grab trap, as long as you forget about the Detroit series.