Russians in the NHL. General Discussion.

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  1. Atas2000 Registered User

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    Basic thread for everything about Russians
     
  2. Atas2000 Registered User

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    On the recent draft.

    As always NHL scouts and GMs prove that they have no idea about drafting Russians. Again a bunch of picks that will go nowhere. Players which should go low, go high. Players that should get the attention end up in lower round or undrafted.

    The only picks I can agree on are the top 2 of Podkolzin at 10, right around projection and Kochetkov as a promising goalie prospect early in the 2nd, Knyazev is okay in the 2nd. The other guys from the 2nd are obviously 'Murica picks. They play in NA so they get picked... too high. While the complete 3rd round of picks are guys playing in Russia and except for Misyul they should have been picked in the 2nd and Dorofeev is the most laughable pick of all. Guy is a 1st rounder. You tell me the Russian Factor is gone?

    Minesota might have landed a good gamble pick with Guskov in the 5th. He is no Kaprizov though.

    Otherwise they go on picking guys where at 90% of the names you go WHO?

    Most of all I am pissed about the Dorofeev pick. Not where he was picked. I don't care about that at all. It is who picked him. Why is Vegas picking up players that won't fit their style and system? Dam' waste if he is not traded.
     
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    Russian factor is clearly still there, I think they pick players they are most familiar with and at some point best available. Since some are still under the contract in Russia, they know they might not come, come late, etc....
     
  4. Atas2000 Registered User

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    What a uneventful free agency so far:)

    All goes as predicted.

    Panarin's girlfriend gets her wish. But hey, great for the Rangers.

    Bobrovskiy's wife gets her wish. But yeah, great for the Panthers(10 for a goalie is still an overpayment, but it is the market for a two time Vezina goaltender I guess. Everybody thank Price and his agent).

    Varlamov is a much better option for the Isles. When Sorokin arrives he could be a great mentor to show him around.

    Zaytsev learns the hard way you have to choose wisely as a FA. Never understood his choice of Toronto. Let's see how he likes the Eugene Show after Toronto.
     
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    Agree about Zaytsev. Toronto had him play a stay-at-home role.

    Hopefully he rediscovers his game in Ottawa.

    It will be weird seeing a Russian player in Sens' jersey.
     
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    Well at that time Toronto had bad D, and by comparison he looked good. He got a 30+ million dollar contract with Toronto, I doubt he regrets that. Nor would many teams have thrown that much money at him.

    When he signed the deal I recall the general concensus was its a mistake for someone with such defensive flaws. Its been what, 2 years since that deal was signed? That concensus has already been proven correct.
     
  7. Atas2000 Registered User

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    I don't care what Toronto fans believe. I fdon't buy that narrative. It's just bad asset management. He deserves his contract and his so called defensive flaws... I have to see them to believe it.
     
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    From the 10 or so games I saw of him, I think the criticism of poor defensive play is correct.

    You generally don't throw that kind of term/money for a player who'se got 1 season.
     
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    Gusev probably should have stayed in Russia. Vegas treating him even worse than they did Shipachev.
     
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    Can someone shed some info on the Montreal pick in the 6th round Arsen Khisamutdinov? The explanation after the draft from the assistant GM Trevor Timmins, was that with so few players they really liked available at that point, they decided to take an older player who they felt was trending upwards, and who if undrafted they would have to compete to sign when his KHL deal is up in 2 years. By using the pick he would be their property rather than a UFA in 2 years.

    Do you think this is going to become a future strategy of NHL clubs to get older players currently under contract to KHL or other Euro teams, by using late round picks which rarely work out anyways to secure their rights, rather than wait for their contracts to expire, and pursue them as UFA's?

    Montreal already did it many years ago when they selected Mark Streit as an older player in the draft.
     
  12. Caser @RUSProspects

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    34 players starting the season on the NHL rosters:


    Andrei Svechnikov

    Carolina Hurricanes

    Vladislav Kamenev

    Colorado Avalanche

    Valeri Nichushkin

    Colorado Avalanche

    Nikita Zadorov

    Colorado Avalanche

    Vladislav Gavrikov

    Columbus Blue Jackets

    Denis Guryanov

    Dallas Stars

    Anton Khudobin

    Dallas Stars

    Alexander Radulov

    Dallas Stars

    Sergei Bobrovski

    Florida Panthers

    Yevgeni Dadonov

    Florida Panthers

    Ilya Kovalchuk

    Los Angeles Kings

    Nikita Gusev

    New Jersey Devils

    Semyon Varlamov

    New York Islanders

    Pavel Buchnevich

    New York Rangers

    Alexandar Georgiev

    New York Rangers

    Vladislav Namestnikov

    New York Rangers

    Artemi Panarin

    New York Rangers

    Artyom Anisimov

    Ottawa Senators

    Nikita Zaitsev

    Ottawa Senators

    Ivan Provorov

    Philadelphia Flyers

    Yevgeni Malkin

    Pittsburgh Penguins

    Danil Yurtaikin

    San Jose Sharks

    Ivan Barbashev

    St. Louis Blues

    Vladimir Tarasenko

    St. Louis Blues

    Nikita Kucherov

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Mikhail Sergachev

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Andrei Vasilevskiy

    Tampa Bay Lightning

    Ilya Mikheyev

    Toronto Maple Leafs

    Valentin Zykov

    Vegas Golden Knights

    Yevgeni Kuznetsov

    Washington Capitals

    Dmitri Orlov

    Washington Capitals

    Alexander Ovechkin

    Washington Capitals

    Ilya Samsonov

    Washington Capitals

    Dmitri Kulikov

    Winnipeg Jets
     
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    I hope some young guys will get called up later on (Kravtsov, Alexeyev...)
     
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    Anybody watched Yurtaikin's first game? How was he?
     
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    I can see why people dislike Hynes. "Rewarded" Gusev with a demotion for a great first game only to record an embarassing loss. Gusev is in for a tough ride until something changes on the team.
     
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    It's funny because the Czechs have about 26 or so.. looks like ONLY 8 less than the Russians. Then you look at the Russian list and realize most these guys are top 6, Top 4 and Starting Goalies. The Czech list doesn't even come close to the depth. I'm also thinking Russia might be the new hockey goalie factory as I feel like the goalie prospects are heating up and it could already be argued that you have 2 of the top 3 goalies in the NHL to begin with.
     
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    Interesting season so far for Russian NHL players:

    - Most of the established top guys are playing as expected. Top goalies, Vasi and Bob, are struggling this season. Radulov is starting to show his age. Kovy is close to being finished, although I still think he could contribute on a better team then the Kings.

    - Good to see that we have a new young elite player in Svech. Hopefully, he can be consistent top guy for the next decade plus.

    - Provorov is playing the best hockey of his career and might be the best Russian D since Gonchar and Zubov were in their prime. Unfortunately that's not saying much. It has been a putrid decade for Russian blueliners.

    - Sergachev is steadily improving. He still has room to grow, especially defensively, but it's good to see a talented young D growing as a player.

    - Buchnevich has added to his game. I doubt that he'll ever be a star, but he is absolutely has a game to be a first liner.

    - Barbashev is showing some signs of growth offensively. He has always had upside, but has been mostly a bottom 6, energy player. The sad reality is that he already could compete for Russia's #3 center spot.

    - Prokhorkin has been hot lately. He is getting a chance on a terrible Kings team, and he is taking advantage of it. He doesn't have star upside, but his overall game is very interesting, especially if he can be a productive player offensively.

    - Gurianov has been showing signs of improvement, but is still inconsistent. No question about his talent level, but he still has learning to do. Kamenev is similar also. Hopefully both guys will continue to get their chance and improve their games.

    - Mikheyev is a pleasant surprise, including defensively. He is the sort of all-around player that could make a very positive contribution to a team full of scorers. Namestnikov is similar in that regard also.

    - I always hope to see more from Orlov, Zaytsev, Zadorov and Kulikov, but I guess they are who they are, decent NHL players.

    - Gavrikov is a solid stay-at-home guy, that's probably his upside.

    - A number of young guys are knocking on the door. I don't know if this group will produce any stars, but it's not unreasonable to think that there could be a number of good NHL contributors.


    Overall, there is a little bit of an improvement in the Russian NHL talent pool, but it certainly is still a far cry from what it was even a decade ago.
     
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    Tough to get a good read on stay-at-home defender without seeing all of his games, but Gavrikov is absolutely KILLING his possession metric stats:

    52.2 CF%
    53 FF%
    54.5 dZs%
     
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    Well, one thing is for sure - we’re set at goalie position for the foreseeable future
     
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    What do you think about Gavrikov? I have only seen a couple of Jackets games, but his possession stats suggest that he is very strong stay-at-home D.
     
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    He’s been one of the very few bright spots on this CBJ team
     
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    Right now he looks like the perfect DD complement to Provorov/Sergachyov on the NT.
     
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    Where you see improvement I see degradation. What use are the third liners? There is no upcoming top talent on F except for Svechnikov. Gurianov is a bright spot after fighting through AHL. Should have just stayed in Russia and he would have been be a better player in 1-2 years from now. It looks like he has broken through the wall though for now.

    And rest assured - no one is knocking at the door.
     
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    It's an improvement relative to recent years. Obviously, it's still a far cry from what Russian hockey was at it's peak.

    Still compare this year's talent depth to what was available in 2016 WC and that epic defensive corps of Marchenko, Yemelin, Nesterov and old man Markov.
     
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    Trenin might be adding his name to the list. He has played really well so far in limited minutes. Hopefully Preds give him a chance to play more and on a more skilled line.
     

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