RW Valeri Nichushkin - Chelyabinsk, KHL (2013, 10th overall, Dallas)
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01-08-2013, 04:58 PM
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Toronto, ON
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I'd like the Oilers to draft this kid. A future center with 2nd line potential and size is a need. The relationship to Yakupov and Zharkov is a bonus.
I'd even trade up if needed.
Not a center by any strech of imagination. And certainly not projected as some 2nd liner.
This guy is clearly gifted to be a superstars. He may never get there of course, but unlike others he has all the tools that he needs.
Let's just say that since I've followed Russian prospects close- Svitov, Chistov, Cherepanov, Tarasenko, Kuznetsov, Burmistrov, Yakupov and Grigorenko didn't look as dominant as this kid does for his age.
Anyway, don't take my word for it as "hype" just go watch the kind of things he did at WJC for his age and how he did them. He was everywhere at times. He single handedly decided 2 most important games (US and Canada) @ 17 years old! Older Yakupov and Grigorenko could not do that. Not even Kuznetsov at age 17.
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