Russian picks hang in contractual limbo
RALEIGH, N.C. -- Predicting Alexander Ovechkin and Evgeny Malkin would be selected first and second in the NHL entry draft was the easy part.
The two Russian-born players were rated well ahead of the prospects eligible for the 2004 talentfest. Both are tagged as franchise players with the kind of offensive skills that left scouts salivating and general managers rubbing their hands in anticipation.
Getting them into the National Hockey League? That could be much more difficult.
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