W Nikita Kucherov (2011, 58th overall, Tampa Bay)
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01-02-2012, 09:15 AM
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Apparently as the story goes. Yzerman wasn't planning on drafting him. He thought of him as a first round talent, but the Russian Factor was some what scaring him off. Kucherov approached Yzerman and said "I want to play in the NHL." He just wants to develop in Russia.If that's the case, then I would expect him to be an NHLer...A pretty damn good one at that.
I would rather Russians Develop in Russia anyway as a personal preference
For players that can't make the jump from juniors to the NHL (like Grigorenko and Yakupov), it is probably better that they develop in Russia until they're 22 or so. If I were an NHL GM, I would take the player when I knew he would make the roster, so that the AHL-KHL choice was never there.
I don't know much about Kucherov, but he sure seems to have all of the talent you can ask for. I bet if he would be one of the top players in juniors, rather easily.
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