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.