Igor Knyazev?

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  1. Draft Guru

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    What ever happened to this guy? I stumbled across his name today while browsing through some stats and such, and totally forgot about him. Heck, I didn't even remember that Carolina traded him to Phoenix in the Danny Markov trade. I see he has played the last few years in Russia after two years in the AHL. Is it safe to say he's a bust? Do the coyotes still own his rights?

    Thanks in advance.
     
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    McDonald19 Marcus Pettersson

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    yes, yes last I heard.
     
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    Yes and yes. Coyotes wanted him to start in the AHL but he refused and went to Russia.
     
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    Vagrant The Czech Condor

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    He was slated as the next Danny Markov, but never developed. In fact, Carolina traded him as well as David Tanabe to Phoenix for Markov. Markov was then traded for Justin Williams. That is the only remaining justice for those two busts.

    Knyazev never got comfortable in North America. His offensive game never took off and his defensive game regressed. He is more comfortable in Russia and will likely stay there for the remainder of his career.
     
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    He was also much slower on the ice than expected.

    I think that his size had something to do with this, but he never caught on to the NHL scheme.
     
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    I think he was named Best Defensemen at the U20's one year or was it the U18's ?

    Just an example of someone who completely stopped developing at 19.
     

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