2012 NHL Entry Draft Talk 13.0
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05-08-2012, 03:50 PM
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Same could be said for Yakopov or any other Russian prospect. PK is an example of a player who they kept up in the NHL evethough they could have left him in the AHL. It's possibly to manage a player in the NHL to help them keep developing. Besides, 2 more years in the minors/AHL before bringing him up can still go a long way. A case can be made for either one but I doubt a NHL team won't draft a player for this reason, especially one thats a top 3 talent wise.
On top of that, these players get interviewed and asked these questions before theyre drafted. Teams will ask their willingness to go to the AHL etc or if they're want to go back to Russia. Many players drop because they don't have a willingness to follow what the team wants or if theyre already in Russia. I don't think Grigs falls in this category nor does Yakopov. I also don't think it's fair to paint Grigs with a brush that he's shown on multiple occasions he's not like. He wants to play in the NHL, he's come here, he's learnt the language, he's saying all the right things, I don't really see a reason why you think he's being disingenuous.
It's a factor for Yakupov also, but minimized a bit because he is more polished and probably ready to step in to a regular role next yaer and chip in 20-25 goals.
What somebody says in an interview doesn't always reflect reality once things go a bit sour with their NHL teams, or development stalls a bit and all of a sudden a 3-4 mil offer comes from back home. Russia will always be home, there will always be ice time there and money is always money.
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