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02-19-2014, 06:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Peter25 View Post
Nichushkin looks very promising but he is still only 18 and cannot help yet. Tarasenko has always been a no show in the national team and his performance in Sochi has not shown that he can be a star in this level. Kuznetsov's future is uncertain. He once looked like a future superstar, but has not developed at all in the last two seasons. After Nichushkin, Tarasenko and Kuznetsov there are no young forwards worth mentioning. Grigorenko is a total bust and Yakupov has too small of a frame to be a star player for Russia. He is not built like tank like Makarov and Krutov were.
I'd mention that Kucherov is doing better than most of the post-Malkin forwards in the NHL and Prokhorkin is a beast.

Originally Posted by Peter25 View Post
1. Produce better defensemen. Terrible pylons like Nikulin and Medvedev should never make the national team. Both of them play for Kazan and Kazan's best defenseman is Shaun Heshka, a Canadian who has never played in the NHL and would not make Team Canada even if Canada was allowed to play five different teams in the Olympics. Heshka vs. Nikulin and Medvedev comparison is one way to point out the current decline of Russian hockey. A Canadian career minor league defenseman is better than at least two of Russia's olympic team defensemen.
Oh wow, I had no idea they're that bad.

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