Steve Whyno has a fantastic story over at PSD about how our favorite Russian found his way to Philadelphia and why teams are reluctant to draft Russian players.
“We liked him. We actually talked about him – we had three second-round picks that year; we talked about him then,” Holmgren said.
There was just one problem – and it’s a league-wide one that has affected not just the Flyers but the landscape of the NHL.
“We’re afraid to take Russian players,” Holmgren said. “I don’t think we’re the only team, because they’re very hard to get signed. You just lose sight of them.”
Read the rest at Philly Sports Daily.