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09-25-2012, 07:40 PM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
He's off to a below-expected start, for himself based on his previous hype. He should be asserting himself as an undisputed leader in MHL, an average producer in VHL, or a rookie in KHL. He's none of those right now.

I remember reading that he came off a tough injury, that may be why. I hope he turns it around and we see him at WJC, but it's unlikely.
I think his start to the season is decent production wise, but would agree that it's below what people once thought he may be capable of.
His season last year was way below average for any legitimate prospect.
It seems like Shalunov still hanging around the junior level may be an issue, though (when it comes to ice time, role, etc.).

Speaking of Shalunov, Nichushkin reminds me a lot of him, and not in a good way unfortunately.
I don't want to label him as that just yet, but..

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