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01-22-2013, 11:11 PM
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Yeah I think it's a very different thing to draft a Russian player vs. trade for/sign one who's already in the league, or already in an NHL team's development stream.

A kid who's clearly going to be a star is different - if you think you can bring him over within a year or two of the draft and put him in the NHL with absolute certainty, that's a safe pick. A lesser talent who'd need to spend some years in the minors before breaking into the big team's ranks, that's a riskier prospect. If there's a KHL job waiting at home, I can hardly blame them for not wanting to spend a couple seasons riding a bus in the AHL.

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