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.
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.