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04-20-2012, 04:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Latgale_fan View Post
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.
The main arguments are that if you play in the khl at the age of 16-17 you sign a 5 year contract where most to all can't play at that level that young. So they play in a lower level junior league there. It's debatable either way. If a player is content staying in Russia then no there is not a reason to come over. If they gave interest in the NHL and being drafted high then there are many reasons. One stat to look as since 2009 only 8 Russians have been drafted in the NHL that did not play in the chl.

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