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05-12-2004, 03:28 PM
Larry Melnyk
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Originally Posted by Fletch

Question on Radulov...what do people know about him? All I see is a guy who played in less games than Ovechkin, on the same team, and scored more goals, had more points (and a ton of PIMs), and who's 10 months younger and who has decent height 6'1 (but's only 178 lbs, but at 17, he may still grow). Can this kid not skate? Are there other problems? Was he playing on a 'second' line and was protected with Ovechkin ahead of him - or was he on Ovechkin's line, and Ovechkin was double and triple teamed leaving him free to skate at hie leisure? What's the story?
From everything I've read, Radulov's skating, stickwork, scoring and passing are close to the best, if not THE best, in the draft when taken as a package (after Ovechkin and Malikin). He has totally shined in big games and was one of the best players to be found in Russia's U-18's last two tournaments. The kid has the skill in spades...However, The knock on Radulov is that's he's hard-headed, stubborn, and clashes with his coach during the regular season....Still, they say he rarely floats and plays a very enrgetic two-way game all the time....At the latest U-18 Worlds he was on a line with VOlosheko and seen by many as the catylst of that he a headstrong teenager or a problem child?

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