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12-08-2012, 11:16 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
He's referring to the "Russian Factor," which clearly affects the NHL draft status of Russian players. A lot of really good Russian players are drafted in 5th, 6th and 7th rounds for fear that they will choose the KHL instead.
That too is what I was referring to.

Looking back at the last 15 drafts, you'd see a LOT more Russians drafted in the first round. I don't think too many played very long in the NHL so I can see why teams are careful.

Don't get me wrong, I actually prefer "big ice" hockey to North American hockey. I just wish the NHL would adopt it, but I know it'll never happen.

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