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11-27-2012, 09:55 AM
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Originally Posted by wings5 View Post
Exactly you don't even know who they are. Believe me I am well aware of this mindset and I fully agree with it, elite Russian players should develop in Russia to complete their development. But the obscure ones who come over and no one knows them whats the harm? It won't deeply affect your system. Keep Tolchinsky, Barbashev, Kucherov, Dikushin type prospects at home but the lesser ones there is no harm at all. That is all I'm saying, as well as the defenceman and goaltenders can develop well here if they come over.
Its hard to measure, but I believe there are two areas of loss: (1) lost time, as this kid obviously hasn't been getting any ice time, and (2) lost confidence, from having tried something and failed miserably. At 16 or 17, its harder for kids to rebuild their confidence. Maybe this kid wasn't going anywhere anyway, but its just a shame that agents will prey on these kids and manipulate them just to make a buck.

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