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03-16-2010, 08:43 PM
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Just look up other Russian stars first few years of pro hockey. Malkin, Ovechkin, almost anyone at age 18-19.. Not comparing them, but they all struggled at one point, and weren't superstars from the get-go.
Actually, those two exploded out of the gates. They had no struggles or adjustment periods. So they might not be the best examples.
However, as far as Russian players go... those two are rarities, as is Datsyuk... there are Yashins, Kamenskys and Kovalevs, all of whom had 80-90 pt. potential, and were reliable 65-75 pt. guys, but they had no hearts.
Then there are Kostitsyns, Zherdevs and (maybe) Filatovs that play a purely technical game to which the NHL isn't conducive (shame, 'cause they have top-notch hands, feet and vision).
Grachev has the intensity it takes, like Ovechkin. It's different, and clearly not to the same degree, but he is also physically dominant. In fact, in that regard he is very much like Malkin--not a bruiser, but he knows what it takes to play NHL hockey.
Could still fizzle out, but then so could Anisimov. I still think be will be on a spectrum of anywhere from Antropov to a bigger Semin.
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