While the KHL will probably be an opponent to the NHL in the long run, I also think it will help the CHL to attract more young Russians in Canada. NHL teams will prefer to have their draft picks playing in NA than staying in Russia. The Rags did it with Grachev, Timmins with Sergei K. and Trunev and I don't know about others but I'm sure that's the case. Plus, young Russians don't get to play a lot at 17-18 when they're on a KHL team, while in Canada, they play the whole season and are impact players. The new KHL junior league might cause a problem though...
I never heard anything about the Q, but he was drafted in the CHL import draft, 3rd overall by the Portland Winter Hawks. There's was huge speculation that Timmins was pushing for them to draft him and he had hopes that Trunev would come over. It was believed that if he didn't make Severstal team, he would come over.
I'm too lazy to look it up but I thought it was Victo cause he knew the coach. But it was one or the other. I was a little surprised he didnt' make the team for the wjc's since he seemed to be doing well in the KHL in the games he played. I know that over the summer, is when I heard that the RHF was putting pressure on their players to stay, guess they changed their minds.
My guess is that I think he would have stayed in Russia either way as the money is hard to turn down.
Given Russia's recent talent pool I'm surprised too he didn't make the WJC last year. Anyway he'll likely be on the team next year barring a significant off year.