Based on talent, Russians comprise some of the top prospects entering the 2010 draft, but the risk of losing them to the KHL has teams scared to select them. In fact, the most enigmatic of the group, Kirill Kabanov, may be the safest selection.
Russia is expected to reluctantly sign a new transfer agreement brokered by the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL on Saturday, ending a two-year boycott that threatened to throw the sport into chaos.
The player-transfer contract between the NHL and the International Ice Hockey Federation expires at the end of this season. Some clubs in the Russian elite league have said they do not want to be a part of any new agreement.