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07-04-2013, 10:37 AM
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Originally Posted by rocky7 View Post
following the hurricanes it was clear that rutherford is a gm that lets the russian factor dictate his moves. some reading i did regarding nichushkin led me to believe there are many gms still of that mind set. he apparently impressed the dallas stars but it is evident to me that that factor plays a large role still.

we'll see how nich turns out but a few teams may be kicking themselves. there just doesn't seem to be a large enough sample size or precedent to support such a ridiculous bias imo.
Excellent points! Its hard to say how high Nichushkin's offensive upside really is, but, at the risk of overstating the case, he has some "superstar" potential without a doubt. Guys who are as big as Mario Lemieux who have the ability to blow by defenders on the outside, get underneath their shoulder to give them a free path to the net, and then deke the goalie and stuff the puck home, are few and far between. It will be interesting to see which Nichushkin turns up.

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