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01-22-2013, 03:04 PM
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Ah yes. The good old "the Russian stigma is completely fabricated by the American and Canadian media" bit. You don't even have to look outside of Tarasenko's draft class to find an example of a guy who is perpetuating that allegedly fictitious stigma. How's Kuznetsov doing in the NHL this year?

The Blues took a gamble on Tarasenko and it paid off. Now imagine if they had traded up to take Kuznetsov instead? It's very easy to look back and say that teams made a mistake, but on draft day there were some very real concerns over whether or not Tarasenko ever planned on coming to the US.

Grigorenko played himself into a sliding draft position last year. His play took a nose-dive late in the season. Also, the Rangers were allegedly trying to trade with Dallas to get the opportunity to take him if he fell that far. Unfortunately Buffalo took him one spot before we could get him.

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