We have seen Russian players stigmatized at the draft –- top five talent Alexei Cherepanov went 20th overall to the New York Rangers last year -– in large part because of the lack of an agreement between the NHL and the Russian Ice Hockey Federation and much uncertainty surrounding the circumstances of them coming to the NHL.
Will the same happen to Filatov, who is the clear-cut consensus next-best forward after Stamkos?
Filatov has certainly done a lot to minimize the chance of him sliding very far.
He speaks fluent English. He is perceived as a hard worker and good teammate, a prototypical team player with character and leadership skills. His parents are worldly in the sense they received education outside of Russia and have been emphatic about their desire, along with Filatov himself, to play in the NHL and make the move to North America for next season.
Based on all of that, if Filatov does slide it's likely to be a hockey decision more than a "Russian" issue.
Exactly, so I wouldn't be surprised to see them pass their turn on Filatov. I actually wouldn't be surprised at all to see Filatov being drafted as far back as 6th or 7th by the Blue Jackets or the Leafs.
...lol so the islanders traded thier 5th overall draft to toronto for a 7th overall and a 2nd round draft, and then they traded thier 7th overall to get a 9th overall and a 3rd round draft, so in the end Toronto got thier 5th overall draft and used it on a defence, and put Filatov to the 6th overall Columbus Blue Jackets...nice prediction Vince!
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who knows, im mean russian leagues must have lots of money to pay thier players, look at the offer that they gave Malkin. I think that the russian league is trying to get more players with great talent