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11-13-2012, 04:59 AM
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Originally Posted by tsujimoto74 View Post
Based on...? Grigorenko got a combined 20 minutes of ice time between both games he played and still managed to be one of the best players on the ice for one of them. Also, Tarsenko and Kuznetsov are older, so obviously they're going to be more polished.
We're comparing Tarasenko and Kuznetsov at the same age as Grigorenko and Yakupov are now. T&K did accomplish more at the time (KHL producers) than Grigs and Yakupov did at this point. Kuznetsov had a much bigger contribution in 2011 WJC than Yakupov did last year and was a man among boys at same respective age. Yakupov is a very different player, and in his role it's harder to establish as a clear-cut leader like Kuznetsov was.

That's not to say that Grigs and Yak aren't leaders. I think they'll still show their colors in WJC. (IF the Lockout continues, who knows what will happen with that)

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