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09-06-2013, 02:42 PM
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Originally Posted by drw02 View Post
The results are there. If you compare Kuznetsov and Malkin's 18, 19, and 20 year old seasons in the KHL you see they are very similar.


18 years old- 34 games played, 12 points
19 years old- 52 games played, 32 points
20 years old- 46 games played, 47 points


18 years old- 35 games played, 8 points
19 years old- 44 games played, 32 points
20 years old- 49 games played, 41 points

Malkin left as a 21 year old and had an excellent rookie year in the NHL. Kuznetsov has stayed longer but what's to say he won't have a similar impact when he comes to the NHL?
KHL competition level has also drastically improved since Malkin's departure. I'm not saying Kuznetsov will be next Malkin but he'll be annual 60+ point getter.

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