I likely would have drafted Kabanov based on our needs for talented offensive forwards. Attitudes can be changed and players can mature, but you can't teach talent. Oh well, them's the breaks, and it doesn't surprise me at all considering it's Sutter .
Honestly, I know nothing about Leach or Reinhart, but since this was the part of the draft Sutter and Button had been preparing for, I am going to trust their choice.
Bob Mackenzie said that Kabanov had top ten talent, and the only thing holding him back was his attitude. I would have used a 3rd round pick on that.
Kyle Beach has an attitude problem. Kabanov was sent home from his junior team in the playoffs, then sent home from the Russian U-18 team in the middle of the tournament, then was dropped by his agent because it was impossible to deal with the kid and his dad.
So yes, the only thing holding him back is his attitude in the same way that a lack of work ethic was the only thing holding back Pavel Brendl.