Was it Hnlicka or Yeremeyev that Sam was saying during the game that he didn't know a lick of english? 30 seconds later he got scored on because the defensemen didn't know who he was trying to pass to. intercept. score. i remember laughing. being pissed, but laughing.
That was Yeremeyev. The poor guy looked totally lost when he got the NHL. I doubt it was a talent issue, so much as being thrown in at the deep end unprepared. Hnilicka was already pretty well established in NA by the time he was a Ranger.