Russians Clamping Down On Transfers- May Lead to Amazing Draft News

“With the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, (ANY TEAM) picks, from Dynamo Moscow, Alexander Ovechkin!”

Well, that scenario might not work.

The transfer agreement between the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) and the NHL runs out this year, and the Russian Elite League (which Ovechkin plays in) is not wanting to be involved in transfer talks. It might take longer for those players in the Elite League to suit up in NHL jerseys. If this affects Ovechkin, then another player will fit in this scenario:

“With the first overall pick in the 2004 NHL Draft, (ANY TEAM) picks, from Dynamo Moscow, (ANY PROSPECT OTHER THAN OVECHKIN)!”

Some of those prospects are:

1. Al Montoya, ranked best N. American goalie by TSN

2. David Shantz, ranked 2nd best N. American goalie by TSN

3. Kyle Chipchura, ranked best N. American skater by TSN

4. Wojtek Wolski, ranked 3rd best N. American skater by TSN

5. Devan Dubnyk, ranked 3rd best N. American goalie by TSN

Sorry that I don’t have profiles about these players. However, this is my expected rankings on who gets drafted 1st if Ovechkin cannot get drafted.

God, that would be boring without any Euro players.

Your thoughts about this situation?

44 Responses to Russians Clamping Down On Transfers- May Lead to Amazing Draft News

  1. Kashin says:

    Why is this under awsome news. This is awful news.

  2. sensman99 says:

    Awesome news as in breaking news.

  3. skandelousHABSfan says:

    why would Pittzberg draft another goalie, seeing that they have M-A Fleury. I just dont get it……

  4. flyersruleclarkstillsucks says:

    Who’s the second best skater in N. America? Hey can somebody put down their teams lines for the up coming playoffs, playoff teams only.
    The Flyers lines look like this

    Leclair Handzus Reechi

    Amonte Zhamnov Gagne

    Roenick Primeau Kapanen

    Brashear Lapointe Somik

    Desjardins Pitkanen

    Johnsson Ragnarsen

    Markov Malakov

    Esche starter Burke backup

    Let me know how your teams lines are going to look like?

  5. Nothingman says:

    Except that for lines 2-4 you have the RWs and LWs on the wrong side, your lines are what mine would’ve been.

    Battle between Sharp and Somik for the final LW spot.

    Flyers are awesome at full strength. But will they go in at full strength is the question. Timander may be there for Malakhov at the start.

  6. cgolding says:

    erm, Kapanen may be playing D in the playoffs… i’d rather take sharpe than somik… and Branko will see some time as well i’d think.


  7. flyersruleclarkstillsucks says:

    I wasn’t putting them on their side i was just putting the three players the will be on the lines together, and i would think that the battle with sharp would be with lapointe not somik, either way sharp will get some playing time in the playoffs. And i think malakhov will be back next weekend.

  8. flyersruleclarkstillsucks says:

    The flyers will have 8 defensemen come playoff time with malakhov, desjardins and sedinberg all coming back right before the playoffs start, i think sharp with get some time but over somik maybe over lapointe, and i don’t see branko getting much time at all.

  9. flyersruleclarkstillsucks says:

    We need to see the lines for all the playoff teams, i really want to see what the leafs will look like with the player they got this year.

  10. edmontonrules says:

    So did anyone see the hit to the face of Ryan Smyth by Marty Turco? Before the media screws up all of the weak-minded people’s opinions, what do you think? Should he get suspended for that? Personally I think it was worse than the recent Belak “hit” and probably worse than the Messier spear. But still I don’t think that it should be more than 4-5 games. That being said if the NHL is going to be fair I would say that he should get 12-14.

  11. MAniac29 says:

    Hmm…I don’t know about Montoya going that high. If you think about it, most of the teams that would be drafting that high are close to set at goalie. You have Washington with a stockpile of youngsters including Michel Oulette. Pens with a stock pile including MA. Columbus with Denis and are probably WAY more interested in a franchise Dman to play with Klesla. NYR have Blackburn. Chicago seems to really like Leighton and Munro. Then you have the later early picks like Minnesota and Carolina who might really be interested in Montoya. If there is a threat he go that high, don’t be surprised to see either of those two teams trade up to secure him, but assuming no trades, I don’t see him going nearly as early as even top 5.

    Was your comment based solely on Russia??

    Because I believe Rostilav Olesz is Czech and he would probably be taken ahead of all the NA players. Also, you don’t have Robbie Shremp listed. Last I checked he’s ahead of allthese guys except maybe Wolski…

    Evgeni Malkin, pretty close to sure bet for number 2 pick is also playing in Russia I believe on Metallurg, so this would impact his status as well.

    I don’t know if this will happen though. I think it will be interesting to see what kind of impact the Zherdev hearing has on all this…

  12. AVS4NYR says:

    BULLSHIT!!! Do you really think that after all these years and after all these debates, Russians will not be able to cross the ocean? The Zherdev story proved that this will continue happening. He basically escaped from the army and the judge proved him right. They will still find ways to escape russia to play in the NHL. With the new agreement, what about those players that were drafted by their NHL teams? will they be able to cross the ocean to play here? If anyone has anything on that, let me know. This kind of reminds me of the Pavel Bure situation when he first got drafted. No one thought that he’d be able to play in the NHL. NOW WHO THE HELL IS GOING TO PASS UP ON OVECHKIN? Thats another Kovalchuk for a draft pick. Its going to be interesting on what the agreement is going to be.

  13. TC_4 says:

    I’m betting 2 games and $50 000. But your dead right, he should get about 10 games at least, it was CLEARLY intentonal, and he should have got booted for it(5, a game, and a match). The NHL needs to watch this guy, I like him, but his antics(espically against the Oilers)are just stupid. Last year in the playoffs, anytime anyone comes near him he’s hacking them, diving like an idiot, giving them cheap shots. Don’t get me wrong, I like it, as long as the league does someting about it. Hextall/Smith all over again, why do the Oilers always have rivalries with teams with fiesty goaltenders???

  14. TC_4 says:

    Your right about Montoya until you hit Chicago. I don’t think they’re high on Leighton and Munro, they’re just young and have some potential. Montoya is a franchise goaltender which they don’t have in there system. They’ll pick him.

  15. sensman99 says:

    Peter Schaefer – Mike Fisher – Daniel Alfredsson

    Peter Bondra – Radek Bonk – Marian Hossa

    Brian Smolinski – Jason Spezza – Martin Havlat

    Josh Langfeld – Shaun Van Allen – Chris Neil

    Wade Redden – Greg DeVries

    Zdeno Chara – Chris Phillips

    Brian Pothier – Curtis Leschyshyn

    Vaclav Varada and Anton Volchenkov are injured. They’ll replace Jos Langfeld (Varada) and Pothier or Leschshyn (Volchenkov).

  16. HabsNick says:

    I doubt those breaking agreements will prevent any team from picking Ovechkin first overall. If they do hesitate, you can bet that the Panthers wont and will draft him even if the Russians say that he might never play in the NHL.

    Otherwise, if somebody else gets picked first, it would be Wojtek Wolski or Rotislav Olesz. And i seriously doubt Chicago will pick Montoya with their first pick because while they need a goalie, they also need a whole friggin team so odds are they’ll just take the best player available (which should be Wolski, Olesz or Malkin)

    I dont think Chipchura and Schremp will get picked too early (probably 8+) as there’s too many good euros in the first round this year. It’s not a very deep draft though, pretty much everything after late second round looks to be sub-par.

  17. tmeyers says:

    AWEWSOME…This country doesnt need anymore damn immigrants. We can barely house and feed the people that are here!

    After the that refugee Zherdeev played traitor to the Russian country, its no wonder.

  18. Bubblenuts says:

    meyers; is that German?

  19. tmeyers says:


  20. nelsog says:

    Julien thinks of his players as a team and doesn’t keep to set lines for very long unless they are really working.

    Of some interest is that:

    Kovalev-Ribiero-Dagenais were together last time I checked.

    Koivu-Zednick should always be kept together

    Ryder was playing with Jim Dowd.

  21. Bubblenuts says:

    Native American?

  22. Freeze says:

    Sounds like Ovechkin is a high risk player to draft. Maybe the Red Wings can pick him up with a 6th round draft pick.

  23. Bubblenuts says:

    That sounds realistic

  24. hockeyhead says:

    yet another possible blackeye for our beloved game. don cherry might disagree. right blue?

  25. hockeyhead says:

    what a tool. lets send the blacks back to africa too. move to greenland. there is plenty of room up there.

  26. kidhenry1 says:








    DiPietro starting, Snow backing up

  27. hockeyhead says:









  28. Beckfan5 says:

    What happened to that ***** faggot ass Cairns?

  29. Beckfan5 says:

    No Central

  30. Aetherial says:

    This is a non-issue.

    There will be Russian kids drafted and play in the NHL as usual.

    The Russians will just hold out for more compensation at the expiration of this agreement.

  31. tmeyers says:

    im not saying send them back..but there is to much immigration and the population is diluted. Why should sport people get “special treatment” anyway.

  32. hockeyhead says:

    anyone can come here. i don’t think that athletes get special attention as far as that is concerned. dude, this whole freakin planet is over populated and everyone wants to come here cuz their countries suck. i’m going to canada.

  33. TheCoach says:

    First off, you missed Todd White, Todd Simpson and both Varada and Volchenkov are expected to be back for the start of the first round. Also, Martin always juggles his lines game to game, but here is what i’m thinking they should be in the first game of the first round.

    Bondra – White -Alfredsson

    Varada – Bonk – Hossa

    Smolinski – Spezza – Havlat

    Schaefer – Fisher – Neil

    Vermette – Van Allen – Ray


    Redden – de Vries

    Chara – Phillips

    Volchenkov – Simpson

    Leschyshyn – Pothier

    That is insane. Every one of the forward lines could be the first line, and the top 8 defencemen are among the best in the league. If, and I say if, they play up to their potential they will go far.

  34. 19Yzerman says:

    Sometimes teams will draft the best available player rather then by position.

  35. goodfela26 says:

    Pittsburgh isn’t a lock for the overall pick.

    Washington is only a game ahead of the Pens and with the way the Pens are playing as of late, they may just ruin their chances at the number 1 pick.

  36. rojoke says:

    The agreement between the NHL and the IIHF only covers how much money NHL teams pay the European federations for the players they draft. It doesn’t specfically prohibit players from entering the draft. If the Russian federation doesn’t sign on with the IIHF, they can either negotiate with individual clubs, or they may end up getting nothing for the players drafted by NHL clubs.

    The whole dispute with Zherdev was over the fact that Columbus paid the transfer, but CSKA refused to release him, saying that they hadn’t received the money. An arbitrator ruled that Columbus followed the agreement, and the Zherdev was free to play with Columbus, despite claims of “military service” that the Russians tried to make. It was a simple money grab.

    And Ovechkin will be the top pick at the 2004 Entry Draft. Supposing it takes one year or three years to get him to the NHL, he’s worth waiting for. No one’s going to pass on him just because of a little red tape that may delay his arrival. Remember, this is Russia. Scissors aren’t hard to come by, if you get my meaning.

  37. rojoke says:

    With the money he’ll get, I doubt if he’ll be relying on any kind of government assistance to get by. He’ll probably end up paying more in taxes than any of us would make, period.

  38. 19Yzerman says:

    NHL Teams, which did not qualify for the previous year’s play-offs, participate in the NHL Entry Draft Lottery. The Lottery determines the actual draft position of each non play-off team. The Draft Lottery is designed to prevent weaker teams from deliberately losing in order to secure an outstanding top prospect.

    Teams, which qualify for the previous years’ play-offs, are not eligible for the Entry Draft Lottery. The position from which these teams select is determined in reverse order from where

    they finished in the previous year’s final regular season overall team standings. For example, if a team finished 1st overall in the previous year’s final regular season overall team standings, they would receive the last pick in each round of the NHL Entry Draft.

    It should be noted that trades, free agent signings, etc, could further change the teams’ drafting order.

  39. 19Yzerman says:

    I agree with you about “special treatment” of Athletes.I will say that the USA was founded by our forefather who came here in search of Life , Liberty and the pursuit of happiness.If an opportunity presents its self for someone to come here and achieve it.Then good for them.If there is no market in Europe to form an NHL Europe and generate a large enough income for its players there.Then why not allow your countries most gifted hockey players go else where to maximize their income potential. Why That in communism at it finest.Free Enterprise Capitalism must sound really really SCARY to them.

  40. antisensfan says:

    what if toronto traded for the 1st overall pick this year?

  41. NHLman says:

    what is Toronto giving up for the first overall pick? They have nothing to give up, keep dreaming

  42. garyroberts7 says:

    They got guy’s like Clarke Wilm, Nathan Perrott, Tom Fitzgerald, Chad Kilger, Karel Pilar, Aki Berg, Drake Berehowsky, Harold Druken, Wade Belak, Pierre Hedin, Carlo Colaiacovo, Josh Holden, Kyle Wellwood, and Brad Leeb, and you call that nothing? And I haven’t even named The Leafs starting lineup guys! The Leafs could easily pick up a first round pick!

  43. sensman99 says:

    I didn’t put White in because he’s injured now. He might not get into the playoffs, I read in the Ottawa Citizen.

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