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05-23-2013, 06:47 AM
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“He was a star on the ice this season and one of the stars of the Draft Combine,” said Clark, who runs the Rangers’ draft with Jeff Gorten. “Everyone on our staff and anyone I talked to with the other teams came away with such a strong impression of the kid.

“His English is strong. When I saw he liked to joke around, I decided to bust his chops a bit. I said to him, ‘Look, we’ve been good at keeping our Russian players here, like (Evgeni) Gratchev. How do I know if you don’t make the NHL next season, you’re not going to run home to the KHL’?

“Burmistrov looked at me like I was crazy. He leaned forward in his chair and said, ‘Sir, I went to Canada and played junior hockey for 80 dollars a week! I could have made a lot more in Russia. Do you think I did that so I could play in the KHL next year? I’m going to play in the NHL. I’m staying here.’ That was really impressive.”

Clark spoke to Chris Botta about Burmistrov before the 2010 draft.

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