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05-06-2013, 11:12 PM
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Originally Posted by RR View Post
To echo OOEEL's point look back at the Coyotes drafts since 2000 and you see why Maloney will not select a Russian player:

2000 -- Alexander Tatarinov (2nd round) from 1998 to today, he's played his entire career in Russia; Igor Samoilov (7th round) never left Russia and played 2 seasons through 2006 before leaving hockey after the 05-06 seasons.
2003 -- Dimitri Pestunov (3rd round) never left Russia. Is playing his 12th season there. 2004 2004 -- Enver Lisin (2nd round) played 135 NHL games for the Coyotes and Rangers before heading back to Russia. In those NHL games he was a combined -37, and scored 24g and 18a in those games.
2005 -- Anton Krysanov (5th), has never played in the US. He still plays in the KHL
2007 -- Maxim Goncharov (5th), is in the AHL but has been disappointing, never having played in the NHL. They may not qualify him summer when he is an RFA..
2008 -- Viktor Tikhonov (1st) is the classic case of why the Coyotes got fed up. Drafted in the 1st round, played full-time in the NHL his rookie season, and hasn't seen the NHL since. He's finishing his 3rd full season there.

Yeah, they were horrible in judging talent. And when they seemed to get three good ones in Lisin, Tikhonov and Goncharov, all bombed and two of them took their games back to Russia. Goncharov likely headed there, too.
Sorry this is so long but wanted to give everyone an idea why Russian players aren't on the Coyotes radar. It's just too risky.

Petan is a solid pick at #42. He's a great fit for a Tippett-coached team. He's a goal scorer and playmaker, responsible on the back end, and is solid on the forecheck. If he just wasn't such a ****ing shrimp. By taking Domi or Wennberg at #12 and Petan at #42 the Coyotes fill two huge needs at forward with guys who figure to be very good NHL players.
Now I don't know about all those players, but Zadorov is already playing in North America, for the London Knights of the OHL. So, you don't have to be AS worried about the infamous "Russian factor." Haha.

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