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07-06-2013, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by Landeskog View Post
The Russian Factor will only greater as the KHL grows. Right now teams will still take shot in the dark on a Russian they like, but in future I would not be shocked if we see Russian numbers drop in draft even more than they already have, as less team will be willing to risk a pick on a Russian from coming over. That doesn't mean they will stop picking them. Just not as many as before, and likely they will be mid to late round picks and the team hopes it can talk the player into coming.
They only drafted 8 players this year. Numbers simply cannot drop even further. Those 8 on average are simply too skilled to skip them.

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