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07-24-2013, 06:12 PM
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Originally Posted by Yakushev72 View Post
This may be old news for many, but the Dallas Stars appear to be more committed than ever to having Nichushkin in their lineup when the season starts in October. After the Development Camp in July, the Stars arranged for Nichushkin to stay with a local family until Gonchar and his family arrive in the Dallas area. Both guys were born and raised in Chelyabinsk, and came up through the Traktor school. The Stars simply don't have 9 forwards who are better than Nichushkin, so I fully expect for him to skate a regular shift this season. His size, speed and the physical nature of his play seem so well-suited to NHL play that, unfortunately, it seems unlikely that he will be at the WJC in Sweden.
I hope he isn't rushed into the NHL (and mishandled) just so Dallas can keep in him NA this year. It would be a travesty if he turned into another Burmistrov.

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