I think most of us were confused with the trading of a pick for Rundblad given we were stocked on defensive prospects at the time. Having said, I hope Tarasenko does well because it is great for the game even if we second guess not drafting him for the next 20 years.
He has the highest career save percentage amongst goaltenders to have played 100 games in NHL history.
Well, this. Rask will be a top-5 goalie... just didn't have the opportunity yet.
Originally Posted by H2O
Why was Tarasenko undraftable again Murray?
List of Russians drafted by Ottawa
2007 Entry 60 2 Ruslan Bashkirov L Quebec Remparts [QMJHL]
2005 Entry 70 3 Vitali Anikeyenko D Yaroslavl-2 (Russia)
2005 Entry 98 4 Ilya Zubov C Cherepovets Jr. (Russia) 11 0 2 2 0
2005 Entry 186 6 Dmitry Megalinsky D Yaroslavl Lokomotiv [Russia]
2004 Entry 58 2 Kirill Lyamin D CSKA Moscow [Russia]
2004 Entry 122 4 Alexander Nikulin C CSKA Jr. (Russia) 3 0 0 0 0
2003 Entry 67 2 Igor Mirnov F Moscow Dynamo [Russia]
2003 Entry 166 5 Sergei Gimayev D Cherepovets Severstal [Russia]
2002 Entry 47 2 Alexei Kaigorodov C Magnitogorsk Metallurg [Russia] 6 0 1 1 0
2002 Entry 276 9 Vitaly Atyushov D Perm Molot [Russia]
2000 Entry 21 1 Anton Volchenkov D CSKA Jr. (Russia) 558 18 95 113 367
1999 Entry 269 9 Konstantin Gorovikov R St. Petersburg SKA [Russia]
1998 Entry 101 4 Petr Schastlivy L Yaroslavl Torpedo [Russia] 129 18 22 40 30
1998 Entry 223 8 Sergei Verenkin F Torpedo-2 Yaroslavl (Russia)
1993 Entry 157 7 Sergei Polischuk D Krylja Sovetov [Russia]
1992 Entry 2 1 Alexei Yashin C Moscow Dynamo [Russia] 850 337 444 781 401
Many of those guys could have been stars or very solid NHL players but it never materialized outside of Volchenkov and Yashin... I find it silly to see some Sens fans still asking about that... maybe young guys who haven't been around for too long?
This organization has too much history with Russians and is biased against them... Call it the Yashin expirement if you want. They prefer to sign them as UFAs (or could even trade for them) or spend a lower pick for a high potential young Russian (3rd for Filatov), but you won't see them spending a 1st round pick on a Russian. I would be extremely surprised to see that
Originally Posted by SensPromo
Honestly, passing on Tarasenko may turn out to look bad, but I'm fine with it. We ended up with Turris from that pick, and I rather have Turris and have Tarasenko turn out to be good than have Tarasenko and have had him turn into another russian who didn't come to play. Slight upgrade in offense for the much bigger risk wasn't worth it imo. Plus, it's only 2 games in.
Well this... I'm actually surprised Tarasenko decided to come over... it sure didn't look like it not long ago.
And it's not like the Sens were the first team to pass on a talented Russian kid, it happens a lot more times every draft than the number of goals Tarasenko could pontentially score in a season.
Evgeny Kuznetsov is as good or better IMO and he got drafted 28th by the Caps in 2010 because they could afford to take that kind of risk... Many teams passed on Tarasenko too, just not the Sens. Imagine the disaster if we drafted him and he never came? A lot of worse than not picking him.
So all I am saying is I hope threads aren't going to get flooded by Tarasenko discussion if he is the rookie of the year... But we know it will happen anyway, even if he's not.
It's OK if other teams have talent too, Blues have been starving for a while and now they finally have some.
Originally Posted by Orr123
I am getting my BUTT kicked on goaltending this season so far. Hopefully its just this week. Yikes! Lundqvuist!?!? What are you doing to me!???