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11-03-2012, 02:08 PM
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Re: Ovy, he was considered an absolutely fantastic prospect. The RSL was lower scoring than the modern KHL, Ovechkin actually lead his team in goals (with 13), and was 3rd on his team in points (with 24, Chupin lead Dynamo with 31 points that year). The RSL was the 2nd best league in the world back then (just as the KHL is #2 today), and a league where young players very rarely put up good stats, so I'd say his draft year stats were terrific. He'd also played in 2 WJCs before he was drafted, and was very good in both. Furthermore, even back then Ovy had great size, played a high energy, physical game, was amazingly quick/athletic/explosive, was a great skater in general, had an elite shot, and had very good hockey IQ. In terms of the things scouts look for, Ovy basically had all the tools. His stats may not look impressive compared to what top prospects put up in the CHL, but stats for European prospects playing in top men's leagues are NEVER that gaudy, because they're generally playing in low scoring leagues against men, not in high scoring leagues against 16-20 year olds. It's not uncommon for European players to go very high in the draft even if they haven't made the top level men's league in their country at all pre-draft.

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