Dominant WJC players that busted
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12-20-2012, 06:49 AM
The Zetterberg Era
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Should have continued developing in Russia and then moved to the NHL at a more mature age.
Here is one from the Russian 2003 WJC Champions. Igor Grigorenko along with Trubachev led the tournament in points (10 in 6 games). Grigorenko was MVP in the final against Canada. A lot of potential until he was involved in a serious car accident. He suffered a broken left thigh bone and two fractures in his left shin bone. In addition, complications arose and he developed a fat embolism in his left lung, which is a potentially fatal condition, think he would have been a special player if not for his injury. Perezhogin also stood out in the 2003 WJC, 9 points in 6 games. The one that ended up turning into a superstar on that team was a 17 year old by the name of Alexander Ovechkin (6 goals in 6 games).
Detroit fans like to play the what if game with Grigorenko a lot. His reports were even better than Datsyuk and Zetterberg prior to that accident. He did come over for a short little bit in Grand Rapids and pulled the plug. Considering all that however the guy has had a very productive career in Russia. He did lose a gear in terms of skating do to all the leg problems but the guy still has magic hands.
Grigorenko was a first team all-star in the KHL a couple years ago and has won some championships. He might not have accomplished what he was going to and he really didn't give North America a chance but I wouldn't call him a bust. In fact considering his injuries I have always been impressed with the career he has had. He has gone to a World Championship and two EHT for Russia since that car accident. Does look like he is having a rough season again this year though as he was tried with both the Radulov boys and then Datsyuk and seems to have lost his place in the top 6 at CSKA.
Teemu Pulkkinen has all the feelings of this kind of player. He has started scoring again in Finland recently, but I have my doubts he is going anywhere all that great in terms of the NHL. He put up big numbers at the WJC with 19 points in 13 games. It was usually against the softer competition but if you start throwing those numbers out in five or six years people will just see the point total and think he must have been pretty good in all of them.
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