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07-03-2013, 06:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Darth Yoda View Post
It does not steal any russians from us. Only from teams choosing to not pick them top ten. If they want to come, it does not matter where they have been picked.
While there is no reason at all to believe that the "Russian Factor" pertains to top-notch players, who still seem to prefer to come to the NHL as soon as they can get there, it may be a strong factor for more marginal or on-the-bubble players who are at risk of not making the NHL club and getting sent down instead to the AHL. Many of these players get stuck there, either because they just weren't good enough or because they failed to make the adjustment to their new surroundings. Many of those players will be better off, have a better career, and definitely make more money if they migrate back to the KHL. So as long as the KHL exists in its current form, I think the Russian Factor is real for NHL teams.

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