Jul 6, 2017
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<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>Capitalfail67</b></div><div>Or the khl isn’t a great league. Slightly better than the ahl. That’s why I’m not selling the farm for an unproven player</div></div>
Maybe. To say whether it's a difference in talent or just a language barrier, we'd have to look at the average KHL output of North American guys who show up at the last minute without learning Russian first. That sounds like a lot of work. Luckily, I don't have to look anything up to agree with your initial point that the chance to play Kaprizoff on a line with Backstrom and Vrana, who don't speak much Russian that I'm aware of, is not worth Connor McMichael, whose English seems pretty solid, and who definitely knows how to play on an 80-foot rink. :)
But I can also see that Kaprizoff is off to a good start this year, and is worth more than a 3rd round pick. I think between outperforming the expectations of his draft position and not having signed an ELC yet at 22 his perceived ceiling is up a lot, but the chance he comes to America is down a little, so his trade value right now is about a 2nd pick. Or maybe Leipsic and a 3rd. Wouldn't see any problem with either if they see a roster spot for the guy next year, or even just as depth in the press box and on the practice squad for this year's playoffs, as he begins to adjust to a different language and style of play.
<div class="quote"><div class="quote_t">Quoting: <b>TMG</b></div><div>I think if cap reasons meant rushing a stud prospect into the NHL too soon then they should have never signed Panik or Hathaway. He may be fine like Carter Hart was last year but idk im somewhat skeptical at this point.</div></div>
Let's wait and see. Panik and Hathaway, on paper, look like a Kelly Miller and an Alan May. I think the Caps are better with them, even if they don't have the same skill as Connolly and Burakovsky, because they can contribute a lot more in the checking line minutes and penalty killing minutes available.
If Copley clears waivers today, he can still move back up to be the backup in time for the playoffs, if necessary. Samsonov and Vanecek get to come up and try out in the NHL this year, and get some experience. Each is going to make the NHL eventually, full time, so they might as well get their feet wet. All summer people said Copley would be waived for cap space, and I thought it was a bad idea because obviously teams would claim him. But yesterday the Penguins assigned DeSmith to Wilkes-Barre, and DeSmith is a little bit better than Copley at every goalie stat in the book, at the same age and basically the same contract. Giving Copley away for nothing would be silly, but that's not what's happening. He's just moving off the NHL roster for a little bit so everybody else gets a turn.