Photo: Forward Pavel Buchnevich is one of the top Russian players eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft. (courtesy of Yury Kuzmin/KHL Photo Agency via Getty Images)
As with most years, the 2013 NHL Draft will be populated with numerous talented Russian players, many of whom could possibly drop this year because of the ongoing "Russian Factor".
Photo: Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds forward Sergey Tolchinsky had a productive first season in the OHL (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
Sergei Tolchinsky is one of the series of ’95-born Russian players who crossed the pond last summer to have a better chance of being drafted into the NHL. Some of them didn’t have luck, like Vladimir Ionin, but others managed to win a spot on a team without standing out too much (think about players like Vladimir Bryukvin or Sam Babintsev), while others became impact players. Sergei Tolchinsky belongs to this latter category, with other players like Valentin Zykov and Nikita Zadorov.
Photo: Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin was named the KHL’s Rookie of the Year for the 2012-13 season and is likely to be a high pick at the NHL Draft (courtesy of Graig Abel/NHLI via Getty Images)
While he doesn't qualify as a sleeper for the 2013 NHL Draft, Russian forward Valeri Nichushkin presents a tantalizing selection of skills wrapped in a mildly mysterious identity.
Photo: Forward Vladimir Tkachev has been the scoring star so far for Russia at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship (courtesy of Derek Leung/Getty Images)
The preliminary round has come and gone at the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, and Groups A and B each featured one fairly dominant team.
Photo: Soo Greyhounds forward Sergei Tolchinsky adjusted well to the North American during his OHL rookie season (courtesy of Terry Wilson/OHL Images)
The host country for the 2013 U18 World Junior Championship, Russia, completed the preliminary round with a perfect 4-0 record after defeating the Czech Republic, 5-2, in their final match of the opening round.