He left Carolina (he was playing good) but got caught in a number game where Canes needed to send someone down and Babchuck was sent back to the AHL . He didnt take well to that and left back to Russia. I cant hardly blame him (although) he might have handled it a little better than he did.
But the kid got alot of talent he got good size(plays physical) at 6'5 with a big slap shot(from the right side) that hits the net and i think has the potential of putting up some good offensive numbers in the NHL .He is an NHL talent imho.
NHL 96GM 7G 19A 26PTS
AHL 168GM 22G 40A 62PTS
2007-08 Omsk Avangard Russia 57 9 15 24 pts
maybe one of our disgruntled Russians for Babchuck?
Last edited by Artyukhin*: 06-08-2008 at 06:42 PM.
The only downside is he's a bit of a whiner, refusing to report to the AHL in 2007 when he was sent down. He then demanded a trade and bolted to Russia 1st chance he got.
That part is what makes me say no thanks... I haven't seen him play enough to have an opinion about whether he has skills that could help us, but I already don't like the attitude. He's young, and he could mature at some point, but the refusing to report episode was too recent for me to want to take a chance on him.
It can't hurt to take chances in cases like that IMHO. Especially in years when you can project free cap space and the chance that maybe you have an opening or two at the position. But it comes down to the cost, for one, and I wouldn't give up much/anything to take that chance. There are other guys you could just sign outright to take that chance on, you wouldn't have to trade for their rights.
Babchuk has impressed me a bit in the past as perhaps having the potential to be worth taking a chance on, which... well, if that's true, doesn't Carolina need him a lot more than most any other team in the league? Lukewarmity on him in the press is probably a good starting point for negotiations on Rutherford's part. But then the guy does seem to carry a grudge sometimes, so maybe it isn't that either.
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I remember an interview of him after he returned to russia and he had some nice words towards the NHL. I got the feeling that he'll be back in a year or two. He's better suited for the NHL and he knows it now. I'd take a chance on him... but not in Montreal. We have enough Dmen.