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10-05-2012, 11:04 AM
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Originally Posted by Fulcrum View Post
No, he would probably be playing a significant role in KHL by now, like Yakupov. At worst, he would be in VHL, also playing with adults. Like Gusev is.

CSKA is a special case, actually- they sucked at keeping their guys when they were tight for money and old management. So in that case, CHL is actually WAS a valid option, I'll agree. But things have changed and now it's far from perfect for Grigs.

My point still stands, he is stuck right now. I think when lockout ends he'll get a good shot at NHL.

And this whole, minimum minutes in KHL is ********. They are still with pros, they do their time and earn their respect. They develop in practices. Everyone started there, including Malkin and Kuznetsov and Tarasenko and Bure and Fedorov. It's not normal for NA, but it's normal for Russia.
********. There is no proof he would be playing in the KHL now with significant minutes like Yakupov. The only reason Yakupov went back was because he was promised real minutes, Grigerenko obviously wasn't offered that.

You only have to look to Nikita Kucherov to prove that. Weak minutes in the KHL last year, most of the time spent in the MHL. Grigerenko would likely be in a similar situation to that.

Grigerenko might have made Buffalo this year but that's no reason to say he should have stayed in Russia. And the minutes is a huge issue, there's a reason teams don't keep players over here to play 60% of the games and only get 4-7 minutes a game. That is horrible for development. Just because a few extremely talented players did it doesn't mean it works for everyone.

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