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08-15-2013, 08:17 AM
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2Sedins0Cups
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Originally Posted by Blunderbore View Post
I personally think that chances are next to non-existent, barring injury of Kovalchuk/Ovechkin/Radulov/Semin. i'm fairly confident that Bilyaletdinov will want two scoring lines and two hard-working lines, and our top-6 wings are stacked. Nail won't be called up to play bottom six, Bill prefers to have players he 100% trusts there, while Yak is pretty much an unknown commodity for him so far.
I'm leaning towards Yak maybe not being there, but then look back at how Russia views their really high draft picks. Kovalchuk's rookie NHL season, played on the Olympic team. Both Ovechkin and Malkin played on the Olympic teams in their NHL rookie seasons as well, although they had an extra year because of the lockout I think. If Yak has a good start to the season, for some reason I think Russia may put him on the team. They love their high end talent. I'd hate to think he'd be treated any differently because of which part of the country he comes from or for any other reason.

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