I'm curious to know why Mikhail and Oleg haven't been moved over to America yet for the Wild? Both are extremely young players, Oleg is only I believe 23, and could help out a depleted Minnesota defensive corp and keep some of the guys in the minor to develop better.
Mike is a puck moving defensemen and Oleg is a hard-hitting d-man, both are needed for the Wild, so why haven't we ever really heard anything about these two?
Maybe they don't want to come over. They certainly wouldn't be the first Euros that decided to stay in Russia, Finland or wherever. I'm not saying that's the case, but it could be that the Wild don't have the option of bringing them over.
I think Oleg's 26 or 27, and I'm guessing he either doesn't want to play over here, or the scouts don't think he's good enough. We picked him up in the expansion draft from Washington, right?
Is Tyulyapkin still playing in the Junior league in Russia? I'd guess he's probably still developing, and maybe they figure over there is as good as here (perhaps the Sushinsky stuff has them thinking twice about bringing young Russians over).
Well if they aren't going to come over here, why not look over here for some help? I glanced at the Louisiana IceGators roster and there is a bunch of players born in the late 70s, early 80s that are on the roster.
Armands Berzins- 20- C
Frederic Cloutier- 22- G
Kenny Corupe- 23- C
Maxime Fortunus- 20- D (HE GREW! 6'1"!!!!)
Derek Gustafson- 24- G
Brian Herbert- 25- LW
Kevin Holdridge- 23- D
Jamie Johnson- 21- C
Alex Materukhin- 22- RW
Kevin Mitchell- 23- D
Rod Sarich- 22- D
Jim Vickers- 23- D
There are a couple more like Herbert on that team. But look at that!
Defensemen take a little bit longer to pan out then offensive weapons and look how many are on the team that are younger then 24. Is it that we have too much depth or what?