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03-30-2004, 02:36 PM
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Mike8
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Originally Posted by raketheleaves
The mistake made was that Kastitsyn didn't come over the North America. He should have been aware that he would not get much ice time in Russia. That is not a development league, they aren't going to do him any favors over there.
I'm trying to think of a player here. Maybe you can help me. One of the latest Russian forwards to break out and be a catalyst offensively for a Stanley Cup contender. Datsyuk, that's it. How old was he when he left Russia? I could have sworn it was in his early 20s. Possibly even 23.

Did he not develop in Russia?

Would you like me to list the many Russian players who have come to North America early, only to flop? It's more common with Russians to flop when coming to North America before they're NHL-ready than players from any other European country. Most of the top Russian players in the NHL today have developed exclusively in Russia.

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