RW Valeri Nichushkin - Chelyabinsk, KHL (2013, 10th overall, Dallas)
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05-31-2013, 01:38 PM
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I don't see whether he spends the next year or two in Russia should have any implication on his draft position. Strome has yet to make the NHL from 2011 and noone is calling him a bust. Let Nichushkin play in Russia for a few years so he can develop where he feels most comfortable, then come over when he is ready
Him staying in Russia for a year or two wouldn't be a problem.
The problem is if teams are afraid that he will bolt back to Russia whenever things go poorly for him in the NHL rather than fighting through.
If he is NEVER going to play in the AHL, that can be a problem. It may be that he needs a year to get acclimated to the NA game. Or maybe he just needs more than two years. If, after 2 years, a KHL team is willing to give him $5M, is he still going to come to the NHL for his ELC?
Even if you think this isn't a big risk, can you pass up on another top prospect like Lindholm or Monohan?
His interviews at the combine will be very important, probably more so than for any other player.
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