Yea, the only real notable omission I'd say is Konstantinov. Yashin is probably the biggest forward omission but he was always a bit of a loser and it means moving Feds or Dats to wing. Tarasenko and Kucherov are young but I also like them more than I ever did Samsonov.
Gonchar, Zubov, Markov and Konstantinov are the defense locks in my mind, and then there's a bunch of guys who could work. I like Malakhov if he's at his best, but you couldn't really go wrong with any combo of Zhitnik, Yushkevich, Fetisov, the Mironovs, or Tverdovsky. Not a big Kasparaitis fan. I would probably go with Yushkevich, Fetisov and Zhitnik as the last two spots and extra D.
Who makes your 22 man roster if you're putting together an all-time team of Russian/Soviet NHL stars? Basing this solely off of their body of work in the NHL.
I see what you did there! You went "Soviet/Russian". Here's a 23-man line-up that could kick their ass.
Oh yeah, it's a "Russian/Soviet" squad:
coach Anatoli Tarasov
Valeri Kharlamov - Alexander Maltsev - Boris Mikhailov
Anatoli Firsov - Vladimir Petrov - Helmuts Balderis
Alexander Yakushev - Vyacheslav Starshinov - Sergei Kapustin
Vladimir Krutov - Vladimir Shadrin - Vladimir Vikulov
Veniamin Alexandrov, Boris Mayorov
Valeri Vasiliev - Alexei Kasatonov
Vladimir Konstantinov - Vladimir Lutchenko
Vitaly Davydov - Sandis Ozolinsh
I am not Russian or Soviet. In fact, my father fought as a Hungarian freedom fighter in the 1956 revolt against Soviet rule that failed, and so he emigrated to Canada.
But I'm also a 12-year all-time drafter at HfBoards and know this thread needs a wake-up call.
thanks. then definitely zhitnik over kaspar. kaspar was an unbelievable pest (ask mario or jags), but limited on both ends of the ice and prone to unbelievably stupid mistakes. whereas i never saw anyone keep up with and neutralize bure like zhitnik (as a rookie, no less). plus he was quite good at moving the puck, which kaspar wasn't, to put it kindly.
I really like this line. I think that they would have been a great match. Makarov and Zhamnov certainly seemed to have good chemistry when they played together on the same line (with Kozlov as the third part) during the 1991 WHC. Both the 32-year old Makarov (10 pts in 8 gp) and the 20-year old Zhamnov (9 pts in 10 gp) had a relatively productive tournament. Here is some of that lines scoring plays from the tournament.
Thats some serious talent, depth... Who would you have behind the bench? Russian.
We are only going by the NHL record, and I believe only two Russians held (assistant) coach position: Fetisov and Bilyaletdinov. So it's them by default. But I would go with Larry Robinson and Scotty Bowman. Both understood the Russian system well.