... makes russian prospects more attractive? The popular school of thought is that it would scare teams off. Well, I am not sure about this, but did not NHL give the teams signing extension for russian prospects due to the lack of agreement? In that case, would not it make signing a project from Russia be as good to the teams as signing a college bound player? That said, the teams would not want to draft many russians, but for different reason that the transfer agreement. I think it's because of the big contracts talented players get in RSL, making it harder to make a prospect come over.