Thread: Speculation: My Wild picks (Mod Note Post #51)
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05-27-2010, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by State of Hockey View Post
Yeah, like our North American first rounders, Bouchard, Pouliot, Sheppard, and Gillies certainly were "safe" choices.

Draft talent. Draft a Russian if it's the best choice.
We've missed on both talent and "safe" picks. Pouliot had tons of talent, as did Voloshenko. Gillies and Sheppard were both "safe" picks.

How many Russians have the Wild drafted that stuck in the NHL? Here's a hint, you don't need any fingers to count them.

How many Russians have the Wild drafted that have bolted back to the Motherland? Yes, it's greater than zero.

Have the Wild ever drafted a North American who became a successful NHL'er? That's a yes.

So as horrible as the Wild has been in the draft, we've never drafted a decent Russian player who didn't run back home to mama.

Tarasenko, Burmistov, and especially Kabanov all have question marks as to where they will play in the next couple years. Radulov and Filatov have fled back home, Kulikov has stated he will do so if not guaranteed ice time and a roster spot...at what point do you just give up on Russians that aren't a sure thing?

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