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03-24-2013, 08:50 PM
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Originally Posted by metmag View Post
I actually agree with that. These kids dont owe it to anybody to fully develop their natural talents. They do what they/their parents want. Maybe a teen doesnt want to become a major superstar but just wants to enjoy the NA lifestyle. Look at Kabanov, he was projected top-5 pick overall. Now average AHLer(still developing). I think most can agree that from a hockey point of view it was a terrible idea. But I dont think he regrets it.
Same in Canada, there are kids who play in the USHL or the BCHL instead of the CHL just because they can get full ride US scholarships. Its not as good for development, then the WHL or OHL, but nobody is judging.

It is what it is. Individuals do what they want.

KHL's job is to make the MHL as appealing as possible for players to want to stay.
I don't think Kabanov should be used as an example for anything other than another case of dominating parent(s) causing issues. His dad would have likely caused issues in Russia as well.

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