Lightning GM Steve Yzerman took a risk by selecting three Russians in the 2011 draft despite the lack of a transfer agreement. So what would such an agreement do for the draft stock of Russian prospects? Alvin Chang examines the question.
Alvin Chang examines the draft strategies of the Washington Capitals and Edmonton Oilers. Whereas the Oilers have played it safe with their first-round picks, the Capitals' willingness to take high-risk, high-reward prospects has paid off.
When elite Russian players play in the NHL they excel. But, as Alvin Chang notes here, the risk of getting them to North American pro rinks is still quite large, although there are ways to minimize it. We'll show you how.