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01-22-2013, 02:39 PM
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CSKA, what is the problem with those teams dropping to the VHL? It will only create a stronger, deeper pool of teams in the KHL and a stronger VHL. Rather than rely on the KHL for developing prospects, the VHL could be the new platform for development as we've undoubtably seen the level of play in the VHL rise since its existance. It is now hard even for the top U20 players to find regular ice time in the KHL in recent years due to the depth of talent pool, let alone U-18,19 players. Nichushkin and Dano are the only 18 year olds seeing ice time in the KHL, and it is modest ice time at that. Long gone are the days of 16 yo Kitsyn, 17 yo Voynov, 17yo Arzamastev, 16yo Tarasenko, 17yo Kuznetsov at the top leve of Russian hockey.

IMO the VHL is a better option for young guys because they can get 15-20minutes a game rather than under 10 in the KHL. At the same time they are still playing against seasoned mature aged professionals, many who have been to the top Russian circuit before. This is much better than juniors, it will speed the development path up... Look at Gusev, Nichushkin, most recent examples of guys who used the VHL to springboard themselves to the KHL....

Stronger teams dropping down to the VHL means better VHL IMO If a new foreign team replaced them that means that there are about 20 Russian guys that will find a new team in KHL which will in effect bump 20 KHLers around the league down to VHL which strengthens VHL league.... optimal scenario IMO

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