Thread: Speculation: 2013 NHL Entry Draft
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03-23-2013, 12:25 AM
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Originally Posted by J17 Vs Proclamation View Post
Then the risk is the same as with Barkov, Lindholm and other European players? Since we do not know their intentions, we can assume there is minimal risk that they do not come over.

Of course i'm being a tad facetious, since this is a discussion framed within Russian misconceptions and anxities. Still, there isn't a ton of evidence to show that as a rule, Russian elite players are difficult to get over. So ...

This is a different discussion, and i won't go into it in this thread. I'd only end up ranting.

Yes, the flight risk is definitely something that needs to be factored in. It's actually the bigger problem, by far. This is where player development comes in. Some organisations excel in it. Some don't.

The question is pointless because it is framed within a set of incredibly unrealistic parameters. Indeed, these set list of rules can be manipulated to get more and more ridiculous, until it really isn't a question worth asking yourself.

What you're discussing is character homework. This is pretty important. If you don't like the character, don't draft him. If he seems flakey, don't draft him. Filatov IMO played a large part in his downfall. Columbus didn't manage him very well, but also didn't do a very good job of realising this might happen.

I've yet to see anybody give any competent argument to counter the idea that getting elite Russian players over to North America is an issue. You may have to wait an extra or two, for various reasons, but then as Craig Button says on one of his recent podcasts, your drafting an NHL career, not who can achieve the fastest erection.
I don't have the stamina that you have to continue this debate, so I will just leave it simply as this...

I am 100% certain that throughout Mackinnon, Drouin, or Jones' careers, they will be playing in North America. 100%, no doubt, they will be playing in the NHL from when they are 18 year-old rookies to 40-year old vets.

I am not 100% certain that Nichuskin will play in North America his entire career. I am not saying that this is not their plan, or that they won't play their entire careers here. All I am saying is that I am not 100% certain.

That is why people cite the "Russian factor" or whatever you want to call it. This also applies to other European players, but to a lesser degree because the KHL is a Russian league and is able to pay top dollar.

Anyways, I know you will still disagree with me and that is fine. We will just have to agree to disagree.

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