W Nikita Kucherov (2011, 58th overall, Tampa Bay)
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12-08-2012, 02:56 PM
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Yeah I agree with you and Sniper. I also think Roy made a great pitch to bring him over. There has to be some allure to play for a HOFer like Roy, skate in a historic arena that has great attendance numbers, in the middle of a hockey heaven like Quebec, with his good friend Grigorenko. What's not to like?
And like IdealisticSniper said I think this helps his route to the NHL, not that he had to prove something by coming over to the CHL. Yzerman and the Lightning scouts were fine with him playing in Russia. But now being in N.A. he can have more contact with the bolts brass while learning the N.A. game which will help. If he plays for Syracuse next season, he'll be in a good situation too. Cooper is an amazing coach and he'll be with 3 other Russian speaking players in Namestnikov, Sergeev, and Korobov.
Would be nice to see him and Namestnikov graduate to the NHL at the same time. How far is Kucherov from playing in the NHL?
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