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06-25-2006, 01:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Weis
I think it help to come in NA sooner so they can adapt to the culture, language, small ice, ref (penalty), grit, ...

Heh, adapting to grit is the least of Emelins worries.

In terms of him coming over, it only makes sense for him to stay in Russia. He won't get an NHL job as of yet. Think about it, whats better for his developpment - being the best defender on his team in a lesser league or working on becoming the best defender on his team in a better league? Thats where Emelin is headed, becoming an #1 RSL defenceman. To stick him in the AHL right now would only retard his developpment. Naturally, he also gets more money with Lada.

I dont see why everyone gets so upset when their Russian prospects choose to remain in Russia and develop there until they are NHL ready. Its not like their development stops: they are playing against higher level competition than anything they could find in North America save for the NHL. Ignoring that it might be harder to sign prospects once they establish themselves in the RSL, from a pure developpment perspective, it is optimal to keep players in Russia until they are on the very verge of being NHL-ready.

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