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12-11-2012, 12:43 PM
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Fulcrum
 
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Originally Posted by Nash View Post
The KHL allows guys to play at a much younger age, but few if any are impact players on their squads.

As for Lessy claiming 6 guys could be in top six roles in the NHL, that's ridiculous. Only RNH is guaranteed. Most of the guys he is probably talking about are centers, which have a tough time transitioning immediately into the top two lines. Maybe Strome, since the Islanders are weak. Other than that, I don't see it.

The two junior programs have played the summer tournament and SSS. They are pretty even. Claiming one is clearly superior is silly. I give the edge to Russia based on number of returning players, home & international ice, and goaltending. Subban hasn't had the chance to change that last part, but may in Ufa.
Well to be fair, if they were impact players on KHL teams - they would either be KHL stars or all be like Kuznetsov- that would be extreme. Still, their 20+games experience at a very high level is quiet valuable, whereas all these claimed NHLers haven't played a single game yet, except RNH- and even he didn't play in NHL this year.

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