link As many as 20 Russian players may potentially remain in Russia this year, including Ovechkin. Mark Gandler, the agent from Hell who represents many Russian players is already posturing that many Russian players will continue to stay in Russia because of the pay there due to the improving Russian economy. Of course this is a great negotiating gambit for his benefit. Middling Russian players and star youngsters like Semin and Ovechkin will very likely make more money in Russia. So, why not stay close to home and enjoy a great lifestyle. I don't think any of this is any new news to us; however, my question from this is: "In this and future draft years will NHL teams devalue the Russian players in the draft because of the decreased liklihod they will play in the NHL? In effect, good Russian prospect will be seldom drafted in the early rounds and are stacked into the late rounds where there is less to lose if the player never comes over?"