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12-26-2012, 12:16 PM
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Just finished watching Moscow & St. Petersburg. Moscow won 2-1 in OT. Prucha scored the goal for SKA.

Tikhonov played center and did an ok job, but he just doesn't seem to have much knack for offensive creativity, even when he's got high quality wingers on his side. They usually matched his line up against Datsyuk/Grabovski's line and he was on the ice when Datsyuk scored on a nice feed from Radulov, but it was no fault of his own. Although it doesn't look like he's developed much more, I do still see an effective defensive specialist bottom-6 type player at the NHL level in him. If a half season starts back, I'd be willing to give him a last look in that bottom 6 (I'd rather try to throw the season and get a top 5 pick than try to compete in the madness of a 48 game schedule that runs through June). The stipulation would be that he needs to get a haircut. His hair was sticking out through the earholes of his helmet making him look like Yoda. I don't know if he was trying to do Jedi mind tricks or terrify his opponents, but it came off looking ridiculous. Someone must have told him, because the next time the camera panned to him, he'd fixed his lid.

CSKA sure has a lot of talent on it. Bryzgalov, Radulov, Grabovski, Shirokov, Datsyuk. SKA isn't a bad club either with Kovalchuk, Bobrovski, Tarasenko, and guys like Tikhonov, Prucha and Kalinin. Pretty good squads.

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