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09-15-2011, 12:23 PM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by MaxV View Post
Dadonov has a shot, but Russia is REALLY deep at his position.

The most interesting position for this roster is defense.

It seems that Russia has plenty of offensive-minded D prospects, but not so much of defensive-minded blue-liners.

Kulikov, Orlov, Voynov, Goncharov, Chudinov, Rylov, Marchenko, Alexandrov, Nesterov and Yarullin are all talented young blue-liners that have a chance to be on the roster, but they all are at their best as offensive play-makers.

The story is the same for the top Russian veteran defensemen.

This roster could really benefit greatly from having some defensive-minded blue-liners. Unfortunately, there aren't that many of those for Russia to chose from.

Volchenkov, Tyutin and Yemelin are the best choices. Valentenko, Nikitin and Arzamastsev are possible, if they improve.

I really hope we won't have to rely on defensive pairings of Grebeshkov-Korneev again.
Obviously it will depend on he progresses. He'd need to be either scoring very well in the NHL or have a significant role in the KHL if he returns. But i definitely think he has a shot, because he's really one of the very few noteworthy Russian Forwards of the late 80's.

Im a Florida fan, and can say that Kulikov is a 2 way D. He's good Offensively, but he's not amazing. What makes him so promising is that he really could be a complete 2 way guy. You may rely heavily on him to eat minutes and be effective in both ends of the ice.

But yes, the Russian D will IMO look like a trainwreck compared to the US/Swedish/Canadian Defense. There isn't really enough time for many elite D to emerge either considering the current young crop.

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