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09-13-2012, 11:40 AM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
My statement is not anti-Canadian in nature - Russian GM's from the KHL or VHL would most likely be more easily persuaded to release a Russian player for an international tournament than a player from another country. Why would an NHL GM care about releasing an AHL player that is not playing in the NHL? That doesn't make sense. As for Avtsin, he was considered to be right there along side Tarasenko as among the best of the '91 born. Allesandro Dello Sorro thought he was the best, and made comparisons to Ovechkin. He would certainly have been taken for the WJC if the AHL made him available.
I don't buy it. I remember that fall leading up to the WJC and he was more often injured than not and when he played, he played poorly...very poorly, in fact he was atrocious. He couldn't adapt at all to NA.. I would have sent him back to Moscow after two weeks.

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