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04-07-2012, 07:56 AM
Join Date: May 2003
Jagr "dropped into their laps". 4 other teams passed on him. Get real.
Reality is Jagr played in the Czechoslovakian Extraleague since he was 16. At 17 years old playing on the line with Holik and Reichel he scored 18 points in 7 games at the world juniors and then they won the bronze medal at the World Championship with national team. I remember discussion which line would be better for years: Jagr-Holik-Reichel or Mogilny-Fedorov-Bure. Russians and Czechs had the rivalry going on for years. Nobody had any doubts that Jagr is a generational talent and he wasn't picked in the top-4 for the only reason - no one was sure he would ever come to the NHL.
Mogilny had to escape from Russia in 1989. He was declared a traitor in the USSR.
In 1990, the year of the Jagr draft, Fedorov escaped from the Soviets national team in Seattle and Russians started criminal desertion case. Fedorov and Mogilny weren't able to visit Russia for 5 years cause of criminal charges pressed against them.
Bure was selected 113th a year earlier for the same reason.
Nolan, Nedved, Keith Primeau and Ricci were safe picks. Nedved even played for the team Canada at the World Cup, but no one had any doubts that Jagr is way more talented.
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