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12-20-2012, 08:10 AM
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Originally Posted by Dynamo81 View Post
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).
that entire 2003 team was amazing and then Tyutin and Ovechkin are the only ones to have made the NHL. in Ovechkin's case, he played on the 3rd or 4th line and I think his points came against one of the smaller teams in round robin. it was the other guys who carried the team.

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