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04-14-2012, 04:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Ottersfan View Post
Because the CHL is the best hockey in the world for kids of that age. Im just guessing so dont quote my numbers by why do you think 60-70% (maybe more) of the first round NHL picks come from these leagues. Do you honestly think Yakupov would still be the number one pick with the injuries this year had he not played in NA?
It's hard to find arguments why Russians should go to CHL when Malkin, Ovechkin, Kovalchuk, Datsyuk never played a single game in CHL.... Top prospects already have a possibility to play KHL at that age and even if not, MHL is not a bad alternative... it didn't make Gusev a worse player that he spend this year in MHL mostly.

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