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Steve Yzerman On The Russians

from Joe Smith of The Athletic,

It should come as little surprise that some of the Lightning’s cornerstones are Russians, with All-Star winger Kucherov and goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy. Last summer, Yzerman traded former No. 3 pick Jonathan Drouin for another Russian, defenseman Mikhail Sergachev. If the Lightning advance from this Eastern Conference final against the Capitals and win the Stanley Cup, it’ll be largely due to their impact

Yzerman saw past the perceptions, the misconceptions. He understood the people. He appreciated the talent.

“I learned the players from (Russia), they come from a very different culture than we do,” Yzerman told The Athletic. “How situations are handled are different. How they were treated are different. Right or wrong.

much more (paid subscription) which is basically about Steve Yzerman on the Russian players he drafted and the ones he played with...

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Too often I feel people neglect the cultural differences between Canada/US and Russia when it comes to looking at Russian hockey players. It’s a little different now than it was 20 years ago but there are still significant cultural differences. Those that don’t understand those differences will not understand how to best evaluate those players or how to get the most out of those players. Yzerman probably understands it better than most having worked with so many and from being around Bowman who was always looking outside the NHL for new ideas.

Posted by evileye on 05/16/18 at 12:08 PM ET

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