Thread: KHL Draft 2012
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05-28-2012, 10:52 AM
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Originally Posted by vorky View Post
Tarasenko received QO from SKA. He (and Thikhonov) is considering it.
I understand you with CHL/AHL route but in my eyes it is overrated. Look at Orlov. He did not play CHL, he left russia at 20, play immidiately NHL + a few games AHL. On the other site, Grigorenko chose CHL.. no neeed. He could sign with CSKA last summer, contract would expire after 13/14 season, then he could sign NHL. Russian hockey federation consider leaving for CHL as the worst option for a kid. Therefore such rules. Playing AHL is not good as well, but a bit better than CHL.
Defencemen are a little different. They should know Defence (there is an argument that russia doesn't really make top defencemen, orlov seems to be an exception but time will tell). Some will probably succeed in CHL/AHL environment better then others. However top russian offensive candidates are notoriously bad at playing defence and back-checking by nhl standards. Of course the RHF consider CHL a bad option, purely cause it deprives their league of revenues and future stars

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