Even if Murray ranked Tarasenko highly, he made it clear that unless the Russians in questions were elite level talent (think Ovechkin, Yakupov), he would not draft them because they are a flight risk, and the Murray management takes no chance.
Tarasenko happened to be picked by Blues and the only relevancy it has is that it was with our #1 pick. 15 teams passed Tarasenko, yet it is somehow only Ottawa that has seemed to make a mistake. It wasn't a mistake since Murray doesn't draft Russians, and our haul of Turris is much better than many teams who passed up Tarasenko and the team around that pick, because Rundblad became a very good prospect.
Originally Posted by Qward
lets be specific here. Murray doesn't like "drafting" Russians.
He did sign Kovalev and Gonchar.
Also traded for Pavel Bure with the Panthers and even took a chance on Filatov here...
No Murray just don't want to gamble a first round pick on a russian (they really are flight risks) and I'm totally fine with that. There's enough talent around to pick other than a Russian... It seems they know what they're doing so... /thread
This 20-year-old Russian phenom was drafted in the first round of the 2010 Entry Draft but the 2012-13 season will be his first in North America after playing the last four seasons in the Kontinental Hockey League. He has point-production savvy beyond his years (47 points in 54 KHL games last season), making him an immediate threat to score 20-plus goals as a rookie. What's more, the opportunity to develop in coach Ken Hitchcock's system makes his situation even more promising. He's a projected third-liner heading into his first NHL season, but will be further utilized if injuries affect the Blues' talented group of forwards again.