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10-30-2008, 09:51 AM
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LyleOdelein
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Originally Posted by Lone Rogue View Post
That's ridiculous.

Just because your Russian doesn't mean you're gonna run back home.

I guess we also shouldn't draft French Canadians because they are pansies who can't take the pressure of playing for us?
Well, it's clear that the Habs should only draft the Swiss. I mean they're 2 for 2 in recent memory...

People need to chill out a bit on the Russian issue. It's a calculated risk that teams take. The Russians that turn out to be elite players end up in the NHL. Those that don't end up elsewhere. Valentenko was a 5th rounder people. How many 5th rounders play in the NHL. If we decided to avoid Russians, the next 10 defencemen taken were:

Cody Wild, Maxime Frechette, Martin Nolet, Alex Biega, Jordan Bendfeld (didn't sign with Phoenix, redrafted in 2008), Peter Ashton, Jesse Dudas, Andrew MacDonald, Dane Crowley and Kevin Koopman

Would drafting any of these guys make our team's future any better?

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