Video: 2013 NHL Combine - Valeri Nichushkin, Russia
While he doesn't qualify as a sleeper for the 2013 NHL Draft, Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin presents a tantalizing selection of skills wrapped in a mildly mysterious identity.
To be sure, there is little doubt about the level of talent that Nichushkin possesses. When he is on his game, he is as talented as any player that is eligible for this year's NHL Draft. And, when you combine his talent level with his 6'4”, 202-pound frame, it is no surprise that there is great anticipation for the Chelyabinsk, Russia native's NHL debut, wherever that may ultimately be.
But the mystery surrounding Nichushkin stems in part from the fact he has not totally divorced himself from the idea of staying in Russia for an extended period of time.… read more