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03-24-2013, 11:23 AM
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Originally Posted by Vicente View Post
Yes. In Russia you stay in a certain hockey school for years and they know you exactly and work with you just as you need it on and off the ice. In NA they see you as a "product", especially if you are European, and if you have problems at the start in CHL for example they consider just to get another import rather than invest their time in a certain player.

The more I can't understand why so many guys leave Russia that early. Look at Ovechkin, Kovalchuk or Malkin. They first played pro hockey in Russia and did this damage their development? I would say rather not.
I have to question how much you really know about the average week in the life of a CHL player? To say they don't pay attention to individual player's development couldn't be further from the truth(even though the quality of coaching varies from team to team, like I said).

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