Originally Posted by Ciccarelli
I admire Filatov's willigness to make it in the NHL...other russian primadonnas headed home to the KHL quickly. At least he is trying to make it but later or sooner I guess he'll go back home too.
He ran home to the KHL once already. Blue Jackets made out like they agreed with his departure, but that is really questionable. More like he didn't like the hand he was dealt, so he left. He displayed blazing fast speed in Syracuse, fun to watch him dip his shoulder and go around defensemen like they were pylons, but also didn't know anything at all about playing defense.
Worth a gamble. If he has a better idea of what it takes yo play both ways, he could be one of the biggest surprises this year.