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03-12-2011, 07:43 AM
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VanIslander
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I believe I was the first to draft Vikulov in the ATDs when I snatched him up 601st overall in a late round of the ATD7. He is an all-time great, 2nd line or extra skater, doesn't matter to me. I think him an obvious ATD pick, and arguably a Top-500 all-time pick, comfortably appropriate about now, 12th round, 477th overall. The Soviet player who took the face off in the 1972 Summit Series game 1 first period opening period first puck drop and who went on to score the winning goals of Games 4 and 5 of the epic series. Players like him deserve to be honoured and remembered. My love of the sport of hockey extends to all those who have demonstrated the highest level of achievement and skill against the best of their era and who have had significant careers in terms of length as well. I find hockey history fascinating and the players who were instrumental and/or excellent in the annals of time are those I wish to applaud and recognize. Vladimir Vikulov is one of them. I have recently read Tarasov's book Road to Olympus (was among the two dozen or so books I'd bought from seventieslord) and two of the players he praises a lot have yet to be drafted. I am sure one will be picked, the other, perhaps, but if not, I'll happily do a bio in the MLD 2011.


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