The number of players drafted out of the KHL at the 2013 NHL Draft wasn’t large, but confirmations and surprises were there as always in each NHL Draft. The scarce number of players coming out of the top Russian league is due not only to the infamous “Russian Factor”, but also to the fact that many junior players are now playing in the CHL, something that wasn’t happening as often until recent years.
A new season has started in Russia, and many things are changed by passing from the Russian Super League to the Kontinental Hockey League, but a thing that’s not going to change is Russia’s ability to produce top-level talents. This is definitely not the right place to discuss the RSL to KHL transition, but now that the regular season has finally kicked off, the position of youngsters is more clear. Note that in the RSL there used to be a rule that obliged the teams to dress a minimum of two under-20 players, while in the new league this obligation doesn’t exist anymore. Also effecting defensive prospects is the rule that 21 skaters, not 22, can be dressed for a game, meaning that only seven defenders are now usually dressed instead of the usual former eight.
Here is a team-by-team breakdown, analyzing the chances of all the youngsters in the different KHL teams.
The perennial sold-out, far eastern team has faced many changes in order to become more competitive. Filled with veteran players, Amur has never been a bright place for prospects even if some players are born there — Evgeny Grachev (NYR) and Sergei Plotnikov (Chicoutimi Sagueneens), just to name two.