Thread: Recalled/Assigned: Kreider and Mashinter recalled to Rangers
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10-20-2013, 11:18 PM
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Meh, Tarasenko was passed only because teams were afraid he wouldn't come over to North America. His dad was his coach in Russia and he was really happy there. Everyone knew he had top 3 talent. He's here now, and he's showing that he's very likely going to be a top 20 scorer in his prime. He has the entire package and he was exactly the kind of gamble that would have been intelligent for this team to make. It was a choice between gambling on a guy like McIlrath ever being more than #6/7 (waste of a #10 pick) or a guy like Tarasenko not coming over (waste of a #10 pick). We had a much greater need for a player like Tarasenko though as guys like McIlrath can be found, and not typically for a high cost. I'm not going to harp on it like some fans, but I disagree with saying Tarasenko was passed on "for a reason" or that he's only a better pick "in hindsight". Everyone knew how good Tarasenko was. The questions were whether he wanted to play in the NHL.

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