But why would the NHL be interested? We're so far behind many mainland European countries that we're not even on the radar. Countries that will produce high quality prospects every year and which will buy their merchandise in huge volumes are what they care about. Hockey is an international game. AF has hardly any international footprint worldwide, do they'll take any opportunity to expand their presence.
Also agree on the prospects however it wasn't too long ago you never saw Germans in the NHL now they're popular draft picks. They had a huge reshuffle of the youth system and now are flourishing. There's no reason we couldn't look at their blueprint and try to adapt it the EIHL.