2012 Draft: Top draft eligible Russians
The 2012 NHL Entry Draft class doesn't seem to be a particularly big one for Russia, especially when considering that the top players, Mikhail Grigorenko and Nail Yakupov, left the Mother Land to play in the Canadian junior system. In the last few years more and more players have decided to cross the pond earlier, and even if it didn't pay off in all cases, the CHL is now becoming a good alternative for Russian players who opt for an early transition to North American hockey.
Below are the top-rated Russians elgible for the 2012 NHL Draft:
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well: Yakupov, Grigorenko and Vasilevskiy go in first...what a great draft Buffalo had: Grigorenko and Grigenssons, wow.
I'm very surprised that Slepyshev wasn't drafted.
Also, Florida drafting unknown Russian prospects might be becoming a trend. They took Kosov and that looks like a great steal now.
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