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06-16-2012, 06:08 AM
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Grant McCagg
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I don't think I said TT is 5 years away from making the NHL, but it might take him that long before he's an impact NHLer. The average age of NHL rookies is still in the 22-23 years old range...

Why wouldn't the Russian factor come into play for the first overall pick? It would seem to me that it should come into play even moreso when you are taking the first overall player in the entire draft - you do not want to screw up that pick.

Yakupov is ranked first overall on a lot of lists - but those people aren't actually making the pick. It's a lot easier to rank a player first overall than it is to select him.

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