Who should we draft?
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04-29-2013, 09:36 AM
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Nicushkin is probably the second most talented\skilled forward in the entire draft. His frame, ability and shot are said to be the best that Russia has produced since Ovechkin--whom he compares favorably to, stylistically. On several scouting lists, he's ranked number 2 in the whole draft.
HOWEVER-- the "Russian Factor" is heavily at play, which will turn many teams off.
The good news is that Tampa Bay has historically not shyed away from taking a Russian--using high picks on Andrei Vasilevski and Nikita Kucherov just last year, whereas many others passed on them due to KHL questions.
If there's one team that could take Nicushkin based on ability alone without fear of his nationality, it's Tampa--which could cause one of the other "big three" to fall to four.
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