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07-20-2012, 03:24 PM
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Originally Posted by Mr Writer View Post
I seriously doubt that they'll be there. Yakupov for sure will be in Edmonton all year, as Edmonton do not release 1st round draft picks to their national teams. They didn't release Hall and they didn't and will not this year release RNH, so no way they release Yakupov. Grigs is another question entirely. The other problem is, an NHL lockout lasting until December 1. (that's when most predict an NHL season will start if there is a lockout.) and NHL players like Grigs will be given the 9 games to see if he can make the NHL team, which means he won't be available for Russia camp. This WJHC could be tricky for a lot of teams.
Yakupov likely won't be there, but there is an excellent chance that Grigorenko would. Your "December 9" scenario would affect a lot of teams, particularly Canada. How many 1st and 2nd round draft choices are prospects for Canada's WJC team? If they all miss the WJC because of NHL camp, that would be a huge advantage for Russia, which has more quality players who won't be invited to NHL camps.

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