Following the first round, which took place on the night from Friday to Saturday, in Dallas ended the entire draft NHL. In seven rounds, 20 Russians were chosen – this is the best figure for the last 14 years. Then under the first two numbers Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeni Malkin were chosen. Of the Europeans, now only the Swedes have drafted more – 30 people.
Andrei Svechnikov – “Caroline”
No surprises. Andrei Svechnikov had to leave under the second number – he left. It was obvious that the next after Rasmus Dalin choose a Russian, which means that in the next few years he will play in Raleigh. Neither the club nor the player himself was against this scenario. The younger of the Svechnikov brothers, except that in the form of “Carolina” before the draft did not pacing. At 99% the second draft number will begin the next season in the NHL. It is the ready player of the strongest league of the world. A universal forward, physically ready to play with the men.
Vitaly Kravtsov – “The New York Rangers”
The main Russian sensation of draft pick. No, we knew before that Vitaly Kravtsov was a great talent. Led comparisons with Eugene Kuznetsov, too, is not surprising. However, almost no one gave Chelyabinsk a place in the top ten. It was even supposed that he would leave at the end of the first round. However, the “Rangers” in the midst of perestroika, risked and drafted a player who is more than many ready for the NHL right now. Kravtsov will spend another year at Tractor, he will try to become the leader of his native club, after which he will form Buchnevich, Namestnikov and Georgiev. And there, you see, and Sherekkin pulls up.
Grigory Denisenko – “Florida”
The site Hockeyprospect.com sent Grigory Denisenko 15th draft number and hit the bull’s-eye. It was under this peak Yaroslavl and got “Florida”. The classic Russian forward, reminiscent in the manner of the game Artemy Panarin, would hardly have received a place at the heart of the “panther” here and now, but in a couple of years it will be waited in the south of the US with open arms. In the “Panthers” he can meet not only with the Russians Dadonov and Mamin, but also with the Russian-speaking Barkov and Malgin. At Denisenko two more years of the contract with “Locomotive”, however he plans to go to the NHL in a year. Will they release him from Yaroslavl?
Alexander Alexeev – “Washington”
Before the draft it was believed that in the first round three players from Russia would be chosen. No more, no less. Up to the last choice everything was going to the implementation of this plan, but then “Washington” made a move to the horse. Newly-named owners of the Stanley Cup chose the overall defender, and concurrently – compatriot Alexander Ovechkin. The captain of the “capital” personally congratulated Alexander Alexeyev on his entry into the Russian diaspora “Capitals”. Season for the player “Red Dira” was difficult: the death of the mother, injury, skipping Youth World Cup. Nevertheless, no one disputes the high potential of the St. Petersburg.
Alexander Romanov – “Montreal”
“Canadiens”, who after parting with Radulov, Markov and Nesterov were named Russophobic club, not only responded to such accusations, but also drafted a player with an interesting pedigree. Alexander Romanov is not only the son of one of the most influential Russian agent, but also a grandson … Zinetula Bilyaletdinova. Like grandfather, he plays in the position of the defender. However, to prepare for a trip to the “Montreal” he will not be in Ak Bars, but in CSKA. Experts predicted his place in the later rounds, but Romanov quite unexpectedly left at the beginning of the second.