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03-21-2013, 10:23 AM
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J17 Vs Proclamation
I'm sorry, but you believe there is correlation simply through nationality? Nichushkin and Kozlov were born in what is regarded to be the same state. That is all.
Proven anything? As opposed to all the other top prospects available who have? We're drafting 17/18 year old players based on projections.
The anti-Russian sentiments displayed by so many North Americans is so bizarre and ignorant. If you've watched Nichushkin and are skeptical based on his play, and whether he has the intelligence to go with the tools, fine ... but his passport has nothing to do with how he plays hockey.
You can't ignore the risk with drafting a Russian prospect who has not, as far as I know, made it clear he wants to play in North America.
When you draft a North American player, you know he will want to play here, but there is the possibility that a prospect from outside North America may not want to come here. Doubly so with a player from the former Soviet Union since they can play at home and make the same amount of money.
The fact that he has signed on for several years with the KHL may not mean he does not want to come to North America, but it does mean that he hasn't made it a point to come to North America like some other foreign prospects have in the past, hence the concern.
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