Habs and Soviets/Russians

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  1. JianYang

    JianYang Registered User

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    I'm just curious, who was the first soviet/Russian drafted by the habs, and who was the first Russian to actually play for them?

    My feeling is that tretiak was the first drafted, and petrov was the first Russian who actually played for the habs.

    And why did the habs seemingly miss the boat on the fall of the iron curtain? Was this a topic that was discussed around habs circles back then? It seems as though teams like new Jersey, Vancouver, and Detroit were first movers on those Russian talents.

    I know other teams were also in on the Russian talent ie) Calgary with makarov, but the above teams seemed to get multiple players out of it.
     
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    Wikileaks, if you’re listening, release the names of all the Russians involved. :sarcasm:
     
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    Montreal Canadiens Draft History at hockeydb.com

    Vladislav Fetisov in 1978. He played in the NHL, but for the NJ Devils starting in 1989-1990 after they re-drafted him in 1983.

    Does Petr Svoboda count? Drafted in 1984 from Czechoslovakia which was a satellite state of the USSR. He would be the first soviet drafted by the Habs to play for them.

    If he doesn't count, the first drafted Russian/Soviet Habs is Oleg Petrov in 1991.

    The first Russian/Soviet to play for the Habs ever is Svoboda in 1984-1985 if he counts. Else it's Petrov in 1992-1993 (because Vujtek wouldn't count in 1991-1992 if Svoboda doesn't).

    After that, it's the Malakhov/Bure duo in 1994-1995.
     
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    Ahh, I had no idea the habs drafted fetisov.

    Maybe the habs were ahead of their time when they drafted legends like fetisov, and tretiak.

    But why did they not go after the likes of larionov, krutov, fetisov, makarov, kasatonov etc... When the players were allowed to cross overseas? Or did they have some of them on the radar, and just failed to get their rights?
     
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    Drafting legends has been corrected since then.
     
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    No one knew when or if the Iron Curtain would fall, so established stars were usually taken late in the draft (there were also more rounds back then). Even as late as 1990 draft, it was uncertain when Jaromir Jagr would be able to play in North America so he slipped to 5th overall.

    The money wasn't huge either. Erich Kuhnhackl never played in NA but I believe he was courted by multiple teams, including the Habs. Montreal did draft a German, Dieter Hegen, who had a great career in Europe but he had no interest in the NHL.

    It was funny how the Habs hid Petr Svoboda until they picked him in the draft, not wanting other teams to know he had defected.
     
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    The Canucks got both Larionov & Krutov(Whose love of Hotdogs & fastfood made the Tank into the Michelin Man), the other famed member of the KLM line was Calgary's Makarov, all were part of the Green Unit(So named for the green practise jersey's they wore.) alongside Fetisov & Kasatonov(NJD's pick)
     

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