We are debating on another board here at HfBoards whether Larionov was nearly as bad as Krutov in his NHL debut. Krutov was an overweight bum in Vancouver. I remember how much he was villified for not trying and being out of shape, ineffective. The argument against says that Larionov and Krutov both were not effective because of culture shock and adjustment to the NHL, with Larionov sticking it out and Krutov not, a victim of circumstance in large part. I, on the other side of the issue, wish to argue that Larionov was impressive in Vancouver, but I'm looking to see what others thought to help my case (it's a history of hockey discussion). The question is: Was Larionov impressive as a Canuck? Who is old enough to remember Larionov? WHAT do you recall about his play? Any surfing savvy help via newspaper articles or online links to descriptions of his play in Vancouver is appreciated. (Nothing about his days in San Jose or Detroit please. His play then is NOT being debated).