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06-11-2009, 09:43 AM
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Those who are expecting Shirokov to step into the Canucks lineup had better temper their enthusiasm a bit.
Last year he had almost identical stats in the KHL as teammate Oleg Saprykin. Granted, Sergei is 5 years younger and may yet develop more...but keep in mind that Saprykin is also 3 inches taller and 10 pounds heavier than Shirokov, and Oleg struggled to make it in the NHL.
Shirokov will play in Manitoba at first and try to work on his speed and upper-body strength.
It is nice to be regenerating some depth of prospects, who could make a big step forward, though. I look forward to seeing Shirokov at training camp to see how he looks versus North American competition.

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