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09-11-2006, 04:09 PM
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Originally Posted by Ottawasens75 View Post
Slitty, is Igor Mirnovs knee problems going to prevent him from North America? Or do you think he could jump the pond next year on Kaigorodovs wing and have good chemistry? Also who is or who will be better, Mirnov or Nikulin?
At the present moment Nikulin is probably just a little bit better, but don't let the inexplicable (well not as inexplicable now that Bykov is in charge) call-ups to the Russian national team fool you - he has no business being in the NHL yet. As for Mirnov, he could certainly have a massive breakout season with a good chunk of Dynamo's established offensive firepower being lost to financial woes (think Sushinsky, Grabovsky). Mirnov probably has more attainable upside in him, but neither kid is quite NHL-ready. The Sens could certainly try to convince both to come over for AHL duty as that could reap rewards in the future, but I am pessimistic about your chances of success.

If you think about it, not having a transfer agreement and retaining Russian prospect rights indefinitely is a blessing in disguise for some NHL teams. Finally, sorry, I have no idea to what extent Mirnov's knee problems will affect his career - NHL or otherwise. Your best bet is a medical specialist or perhaps a psychic.

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