Of course there are positive examples, but, all in all, CHL rarely works for Russians.....especially forwards.
A player who's been developing in a certain direction/style should NOT change development direction at the crucial age of 16-18.
In the end you get a player who's been developed in both styles, yet has mastered neither.
A Russian player should master the Russian style (what he's been trained in since childhood) then adapt that to NHL play when mature enough to do so.
I don't think there's a better path than another. It depends on the person.
As for Russians in the CHL, it also depends on the style used by the coach. Radulov flourished in the CHL because Roy let him do whatever he wanted on the ice and didn't give him a sctrict patron of game. Roy's game plan is all about speed, skills, puck possession and offense. It probably wouldn't have been the same if he had put him in a typical NA structure (puck dumping, forecheck and defense system).
However, I do agree with most Russians, they have better chances to develop in their own country than in the CHL because this is what they have known their whole life.
Last edited by SergeConstantin74: 04-21-2011 at 02:08 AM.
Mikhail Grigorenko has size, elite speed and decent hockey sense. He has to be a front runner to be a top 10 pick next season and from what I seen, should in the consideration for top 5. He is definately in the mold of Malkin. From what I have seen I would have him ahead of Yakupov who reminds me of a slower Kovalchuk.
Last edited by Jason MacIsaac: 04-29-2011 at 02:15 AM.
okay guys ... This is a video that will make you drool after the 2012 draft. The next Russian superstar 16 year old Mikhail Grigorenko the greatest talent from Russia since Ovechkin and Malkin .. Yakupov in all its glory, but the best player for the 2012 draft is Grigorenko
Looks like a wizard out there with the puck and he's got greats hands and a great shot to score in tight. All of this combined with his size makes him look like a man among boys in those clips. Hard to believe he's playing like that at the ripe age of 16.
I've heard a lot of this guy but is he actually better than yakupov? Did they ever play together for russia or in the same leauge in the past where they could be compared to each other?
Outside of national teams I don't think they've played together, they most likely knew eachother before but I'd assume Yakupovs Sarnia teammate Galchenyuk knows Grigerenko better and played more with him (Either agaisnt eachother or on the same team) since they're in the same age group when they both played in Russia.