Back in October 2002, Zherdev was ranked probable number one pick for June 2003 by many observers. Already part of the roster of the famous CSKA team, he already had 10 goals at mid-season which placed him amoung the best snipers in the Russian Superleague. Then came his miserable performance at World Junior, not only observed by the only point he had, but also by his ethic of work and also his poor +/- record, one of the worst of his team. After the World Junior, he just managed to add 2 goals in the Russian Championship. His value dropped. He was selected 4th by Columbus last june. After 10 games in RSL up to now, he just records 3 points (1-2). I don't mean this is time to panic. But this kind of trend should justify that Columbus management get a closer look to what could be wrong with their young prospect.