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07-24-2012, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by OverTheCap View Post
There aren't as many Russian players in the NHL as there used to be and the number of Russian players being drafted has been on the decline since the early 2000s. Part of it is the KHL factor and some of it may have to do with the fact that there isn't talent coming out of Russia like there used to be when it was the Soviet Union:

The Rangers may be a bit hesitant to draft Russians after Cherepanov, but I wouldn't go as far to say they are anti-Russian, probably anti-KHL if anything. One would have to think they would have drafted Grigorenko, Yakupov, or Galchenyuk if they had the opportunity.
Right. There are fewer and fewer Czechs too. Seems like the league as a whole is become more NA lately too. I wonder if that has changed the game to become less creative offensively and more gritty and defensive minded.

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