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12-06-2012, 12:29 AM
Join Date: May 2012
KHL has a draft procedure but it's purpose is quite different from NHL's one. KHL draft is mostly about drafting Russian kids from small cities/hockey schools into KHL system but each KHL team already has 50 or more homegrown juniors which they don't need to draft.
For example, Khokhlachev was never drafted in the KHL because his KHL rights belong to his junior team (Spartak Moscow) anyway. On the other hand, Slepyshev was raised in Penza which has no KHL franchise so he had to be drafted and went 1st overall to Novokuznetsk.
Obviously some teams may take a chance to draft MacKinnon, Ristolainen, Frk, Huberdeau, etc. just in case they don't pan out or something drastically changes in hockey world in next 15 years. It's like everyone in the NHL understood that drafting Tretyak, Vladimir Krutov or Sergei Makarov was a longshot but in Makarov's case 12th round pick in 1983 turned out to be point-per-game player for four seasons for Calgary.
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