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05-24-2013, 12:06 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 View Post
Am I the only one that wants no part of Valeri Nichushkin? It's not the Russian factor because he said he wants to come to NA, but his numbers are just underwhelming. 7 points in the U18s is decent, but that was just 4th among Russian forwards. 2 points in 6 games in the WJC is nothing spectacular. 6 points in 18 KHL games is decent. 8 points in 9 MHL games(the league below the KHL) is nothing spectacular either. There have been a number of guys that put up far over a PPG in their draft year in the MHL and had impressive U18s, and did not receive nearly the hype that he's getting. Is a couple inches and size really that special? I don't think so.
He has very good speed and lots of raw talent. His growth spurt really added to his stock. I do see him as a bit of a risk as a top 10, at #11 it would be pretty tempting, especially if it was known for sure that he would make the move to North America sooner than later.

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