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05-15-2013, 06:33 AM
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Russia's problems in hockey is the same is the whole country: utter corruption at every level. The richer parents have their kids playing major minutes, while the kids are less talented. A young player to be on the junior club's roster has to pay a set amount of kickback. Coaches of adult teams are reluctantly giving minutes to junior players, because club owners/sponsors demand the best result possible here, now, today and yesterday. National junior team spots are often for sale, there's a plehotra of corrupt convenient junior coaches who will work with that, Rumyantsev, Plyushev are the most prominent.
Things like that, blown up and exaggerated by yet corrupt agents, who have no interest in the kid, only as a source of income today cause major migration of talent overseas.
Where in turn, they basically learn the game of hockey a new, adopt to absolutely non-Russian north-south NA style of game, have to adopt another style of life, foreign language, lack of friends and family. All these results in about a year lost in development, plus the development takes the whole other direction. True stars may survive that, yet we don't know whether say Yakupov or Grigorenko (I am sure not him) have or will rich their hypothetical ceiling, as the players who in their potential could have been solid KHL players for a decade they take a major hit in their development, end up being on the outskirts of hockey, loosing years of development being shuffled between clubs/countries.

Both paths have negatives and positives, but my opinion is - stay home till 22-23, become what you can best be in the KHL, go and sign a deal in the NHL if you so wish. Kuznetsov did it, Tarasenko did it, they both were and are wanted still.

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