Wolksi is 29 and has 450 NHL games under his belt. I know you're kidding, but not really comparable. We're talking about a 20 year old here leading his team in scoring. The KHL is one of, if not the hardest league to put up points in because they don't award gratuitous secondary assists. That's especially true for young players, who hardly ever even make as much a dent on the scoreboard over there.
I can't say that he's a sure first first liner to be, but this isn't some 19 year old lighting up the minors. He's playing amongst men and dominating.
Yes, I know it's non-comparable, but if all you need to be is a mediocre NHL'er with some experience, who's over the age of 25, to put up points - I just can't put that much stock into KHL stats. But that's just me.
Sergei Mozyakin (no NHL games played, 30+ years of age) leads the league in points, Jan Kovar (No NHL games played, 25 years of age) is nearly PPG, Brandon Kozun (same as previous) is PPG. I'm not saying KHL numbers can't mean something, but it's clear that they don't necessarily reflect all-world talent.
Also, the argument that Buch plays on a garbage team is rather soft, as well, as bad players can/do put up monster numbers by being the sole focus of the offense.
Finishing up this post: I'm not a Buch hater, in fact, I want him to come into the roster and throw a duracell onto every player's back with his elite skill and phenomenal atheltisism... buuuuuut... let's be realistic.
Buchnevich gave an interview
It was early for me to go to Rangers. Their team is always in the leaders, it's tough to make the team at this age. Now the scouts are coming, watching me. We'll see what they say. Whether they waiting for me or not. I want to make the team right away.
And who wants to go to AHL? Why go to AHL? Many have gone but I don't want to be like them. If I went I'd probably also be sent to AHL and spent there the entire season.
But I think KHL is stronger than AHL. I understand that it's unrealistic to get a one-way deal but the one we had last year had everything written up well. There was a date that if I don't make NHL before it I have an opportunity to go back to Europe or Russia - wherever I want.
Anyway, there's a dream. In any event, you want to try yourself in the best league in the world, to prove you can play in NHL. It's much more interesting to play with the best rather than just play hockey and make money. You can always go back (to Russia).
Can't blame him. There's far more money to be made in Europe or the KHL for a player of his caliber than there is on a two-way deal paying him less than $100K a year to play in the AHL. Especailly if the Rangers plan to keep him there all year.
"Everyone says you should be a good loser. If you’re a good loser, you’re a loser."
- John Tortorella
"I've always said, I'd rather tame a tiger than paint stripes on a kitty cat."
- Dean Lombardi
"If someone tells me that I've hurt their feelings, I say, “I'm still waiting to hear what your point is.”"
- Christopher Hitchens
Guess maybe he doesn't yet get the part about learning the ins and outs, the banging and crashing of North American Pro hockey, and dues paying for that matter?
I can't think of too many players aside from Henrik and Alex Ovechkin, and the amazing Kris Kreider of Boston >> NYR Playoffs fame, who did not have to "go through the process," at least for a bit, here, especially a forward -- but then my memory is probably not that good right now.
If he's not willing to go through it, what message would that send to his teammates? I'd think he would have to be Elite with a Kapital E to bypass our system.
Never say never I guess. Let's put it this way. If he's good enough to make that happen, it should be good for us...but hopefully not an "entitled" prima donna in the process.
If n ya gots jowls, they might as well be furry ones
Zuccarello took three seasons split between the NHL, AHL and KHL before he stuck. Lindberg was in the AHL for two full seasons before making the jump. Fast took a season and a month until he was with the big club full time. Those are the only three European players we've developed and have on our roster right now. Buchnevich's talent and skill levels are well above each of those three, IMO, but I think there will be a transition period. Whether that happens on the NYR 3rd line or in Hartford remains to be seen.
The "North American Game" doesn't exist anymore. It's a non-factor.
Yeah, for about a week.
Or 3 years if you're Zuccarello and Lindberg. 2 years if you're Fast. Etc.