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11-29-2012, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by Xokkeu View Post
The Russians seemed to have a fallow period after the Oveckin/Malkin draft.

There highest drafted player in 2005 was Vitaly Anikeenko. (RIP)

In 2006 they had Varlamov and Vishnevsky.

In 2007 they had Cherepanov (RIP) but after that its all sorts of meh. Sergei Korosten, Evgeny Dadonov, Maxim Mayorov. Ugh

2008: Vyacheslva Voynov, Kirill Petrov, Nikit Filatov, Viktor Tikhonov, Evgeny Grachev

2009 started to turn around with players like Dmitry Kulikov, Dmitry Orlov followed up by Kuznetsov, Burmistrov and Tarasenko. Now Yakupov and Grigorenko will join that group.

There was a significant gap of talent coming out of Russia from 2005 to 2008 but the rest opening of the pipeline should bode well for them.
Thank God we haven't lost more...

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