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03-21-2013, 11:11 AM
J17 Vs Proclamation
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Originally Posted by pantherbot View Post
I mention the former soviet union countries because they are more likely to play in the KHL than players from other countries.
It's like me mentioning that i once went to primary school when discussing my qualifications in a job interview. Brilliant? Nichushkin is Russian and plays domestically for now. Why your mentioning the Soviet Union i don't know.

Originally Posted by pantherbot View Post
I'm glad you mentioned Columbus because I was about to point out Filatov. Whether the player is a risk for not wanting to come here, or want to go home in a few years, it's a risk, I don't know why you refuse to acknowledge it.
Filatov came to the AHL at 18. He then re-tried the AHL again. He's had two seperate NHL organisations, played for both at the AHL and NHL level. He failed with both. Filatov is now in the KHL, where he is not exactly one of the better players in the league. Filatov failed as a prospect because he was weak, immature and was handled poorly by Columbus. The AHL at 18 wasn't a good idea. Filatov himself must take much of the blame too. He didn't fail because he was Russian. He isn't an example of the Russian factor since he came over, twice. He isn't refined enough or good enough within his particular skill-set to be an NHL player. Simple as.

There is no other risk to acknowledge. If a Russian player is good enough, and handled well, he isn't a risk. In all honesty, this is the same with most prospects. The Russian factor only really applies to older less talented prospects (or young prospects who rush themselves over to NA via peer pressure from the NHL) who can make more capital at home rather than riding the AHL bus. If that's Nichushkin ... well it will be a bad pick, and not because he is Russian.

Originally Posted by pantherbot View Post
If you had two prospects, with the same skill set and talent level, but the only difference being one was from North America and the other from Russia. Which do you choose?
This is like saying if i fell in love with two identical twins, but one was a marginally better cook, wasn't afraid of Pidgeons, and didn't like Cheese, i'd choose her. Nichushkin has an entirely different skill-set to any other player in this draft. So your analogy doesn't work. No player combines the speed and physical power that he has. Of course, he has his cons, and other prospects excell better in other areas.

If both players did in this idealistic world have the same talent and abilities, i'd probably take the player who i prefered character wise, the player who interviewed better.

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